Archived from the week of 4/9/18 @ The Guilde:
This week at The Guilde, we explored the theme of courage, the virtue we need to enact anything that is significantly important to us. Courage is leadership in action. And courage is a mindset. All of us possess it, but we often forget to bring it to bear in our lives or recognize it when we do.
If you stepped into The Gulide this week, you were likely invited to share a story about the courageous action you are most proud of in your life, or to reflect on something you’ve always wanted to do but that would require more courage than you think you have. You were also likely asked to imagine yourself at 90, and describe the perspective of your older self on the dream or goal you're not sure you're up for. Without exception, each of you was able to call up moments of courage in your life and also without exception, each of you called up moments that reflected deeply personal, meaningful experiences in which you summoned a strength inside you to pass a threshold, and experienced a transformation on the other side. It appears that significant change happens on the other side of courage, regardless of outcome.
We also found illuminating the different truisms that emerged about courage:
1. Courage is about HEART: “Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future, To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. Whether we stay or whether we go - to be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made.” -- David Whyte
2. Courage is about ACTION: “Courage is a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” – Ruth Gordon
3. Courage is about YES, and courage is about NO: “There’s a lot of talk, and a lot to be said, for the power of Yes. Yes supports risk-taking, courage, and an open-hearted approach to life whose grace cannot be minimized. But no–a metal grate that slams shut the window between one’s self and the influence of others–is rarely celebrated. It’s the hidden power of courage because it is both easily misunderstood and difficult to engage.” – Judith Sills
4. Courage is about VULNERABILITY: “Vulnerability is the best measure of courage.” – Brene Brown
The Guilde is designed to be an incubator for women's courage -- a place for you to come to be reminded that you absolutely have the heart, the muscle, the will and the humanity to be a creator and an architect of our world. We guarantee it.
Wishing you a happy, courageous weekend.
xo, Dana & Kristan