Sunday, November 21, 2010

Being Courageous, So Simple a Child Could Do It

Let's talk a bit about courage, what it means to us and think of the part of our lives stored into our long term memory banks as children where we knew no fear even if it was a very appropriate situation to feel it. Many of us that suffer from anxiety would never consider ourselves as courageous and usually far from it, but we all have the capability of being courageous as I will talk about a little later. Most of us know or at least know of people we consider as heroes or courageous individuals. Typically people would think of our Armed Forces, Firefighters, Law Enforcement and of course the many brave people and their actions taken on 9-11. Us that suffer from anxiety may consider people courageous for much less, such as being able to speak comfortably in front of an audience, or for simply looking as if they feel comfortable in their own skin. Not often would anyone think of a five year old child when courage comes to mind, as it is so easy to forget the fearlessness that came so naturally with being a child. Here is an amazing excerpt where a 5 year old boy is faced with a difficult decision resulting in tremendous courage on his part in which he is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to help his little sister.

“Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.’
“As the transfusion progressed, he lay in a bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away?’
“Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her
all his blood.” Dan Millman, Chicken Soup for the Soul



What an amazing and inspiring example of courage shown by such a small child! "It's So Simple Even a Child Can Do It" is a phrase often used to describe a task that requires little to no skill, but we never look at the flip side of that coin as "It's so Simple that Only a Child Could do it" , again a simple task that should require little to no skill, but why are we as Adults incapable of the courage this small boy has shown? It is all there stored in our long term memory banks all the actions, some of which we now consider fool-hearty but how we acted when we were children with little to no thought of any possible consequences we might face let alone irrational fears. If we could now, as adults be able to summon even a small portion of this courage we held as children then think of all the amazing things we could accomplish! Well beyond beating our anxiety/panic and not just in our lives but also how we could affect the lives of those around us.We all are given opportunities to be courageous in life, sometimes by small and seemingly insignificant acts and other times by actions requiring major sacrifice or risk to one self. It is up to us when or if we will ever be courageous, but let's all at least try to tap into that brave child within ourselves when confronted with our next scenario in which we may feel fear or not so brace. Here are 3 great ways to overcome fear each focusing on different but common aspects of fear; Erase all Fear in Your Life by Eliminating the Root CauseEliminate all Social Fears with Help of Hypnosis and Make your Public Speaking Fears Disappear Today
I hope you all found this excerpt as inspiring as I did.  Today I am grateful that my current research is not overwhelming and that I have a solid grasp on exactly what needs to be done.  I am grateful that I am calm and that today is going to be a productive and enjoyable day.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the one who sees you in the work place dude keep going....

AJ said...

thank you anonymous...I will keep plugging away at the keys until I have nothing left to say I suppose :)

Anonymous said...

Lets hope that is not for awhile!

Anonymous said...

yeah I hope for the same :)

AJ said...

appreciate the support and I am actually realizing I have been getting too caught up in my projects and need to give this blog the attention it deserves...it's just been hectic, it would be easily managed by most but is mainly for me there has been a HUGE learning curve I am dealing with on everything I have decided to work on lately....so I better get blogging, thanks for all of your support!