Evansing – Heart of the Irish Kingdom
Courage and strength are essential to living a successful life. Without these qualities the problems of life will wear us down and cause us to abandon or avoid what is necessary for fruitful and meaningful lives.
Courage and Strength and Great Resolve
In the following excerpt from Evansing we note Carson’s willingness to take on something difficult: “News of this young boy missing especially touched Carson. He’d had a close call with his eight-year-old brother the year before. He remembered the torment his family went through when his brother had wandered into the forest. The searchers found him three days later in a very dehydrated condition. His little brother would not have lasted another day.
So with great resolve to make a difference, Carson first went to the parents to ask for some information regarding their son. They were ambivalent about talking to someone from Evansing, but their love for their son overcame their prejudices. Carson gleaned that their son liked to go into the nearby streams. Together they studied drawings of where the streams were located and a description of the terrain. They weren’t deep or fast streams, but if Josh had gone into one, he could lose the hunting dogs engaged in the search. It seemed as though Carson had a sixth sense about where Josh had gone, for he headed in a direction where nobody considered looking. It was a particularly forlorn area and difficult to enter. The entry though was a stream that wound its way through the middle of that area.”
As we note it was with “great resolve to make a difference” that Carson undertook a difficult and as we later discover a dangerous mission to rescue the missing boy.
Courage and strength will always be necessary to engage the tasks or processes necessary to refine us to be who we need to be in order to create a large life. In the course of doing the difficult the hidden treasures that lie within us come to the surface. New genius is discovered which leads to the joy that comes from satisfaction realized.
Cultivating joy is an important component of being strong. The Bible says, “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” We all feel able to do most anything when we are in a positive frame of mind and emotions. Joy is an integral part of this. Getting focused on something good or perhaps dancing in our cubicle, whatever it takes, are useful for restoring joy.
Facing our fears is a way to build our courage to do the tasks or pursue the projects that may at first even appear to be impossible. This doesn’t mean that you take on the giants in the land right off the bat. It may simply mean you join a Toastmasters group and begin speaking on a regular basis in front of a group of people. This will build your courage and strength levels as it is commonly stated that public speaking is one of the most common fears. Another way is take on a leadership position in an organization. This extra pressure will strengthen your inner being resulting in a new ability to take on greater challenges. A key here is to get relatively comfortable with discomfort. In other words, embrace the discomfort. You choose to value the benefits of the desired outcome as more important than the discomfort experienced to achieve it. In other words, as I heard Dennis Waitley once say, “Winners value pleasing results more than pleasing methods.”
Here we have a major stumbling block to great achievement. Often people want to achieve greatness without the pain and discomfort of the journey to get there. That is living in a fantasy.
What would we think of an explorer in the 1700s in North America who didn’t like the idea of being uncomfortable? Naturally we would think he is being unrealistic and would question whether he should be considering a vocation of explorer. It’s like a missionary being sent to a small village in Africa who doesn’t like dirt. The prognosis would not be good for them to stay long.
If you struggle with doing what you believe you are meant to do, then it may be one of two issues at work. First, it may not truly be what you are meant to do. Sometimes we can fall in love with an idea, but it doesn’t necessarily mean our heart is really in it or that we are well suited for it. Parents or other significant influencers in our lives can unduly push us in a direction they want us to go, but we at a core level do not. Second, you may have an attitude of futility. If you do, there will be an invisible barrier radiating the message, “What is the point? You will only fail anyway.” In this case, place your hands on your head and then say these words, “I demolish the stronghold in my mind, heart, soul and spirit of futility. I replace it with expectancy and anticipation of success.” I just did this myself and I broke out laughing and laughing.
Courage and strength and great resolve to make a difference is necessary in order to live a life we can look back upon and say we truly lived the life we were created for. Start developing a mindset of “Yes, I can do that” whenever considering the achievement of a new important goal. Progressively your automatic response of “I can” will replace the old automatic response of “I can’t.”
Another book you can read on Courage is called: “Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously.” I haven’t read it personally, but it does have high rating reviews. It is available at http://www.amazon.com.
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