Act as if you have faith and courage (and it will appear)

Go for the roar (it may just be a bunch of toothless old lions behind the bush)

Put your fear on the tip of your sword

Stay open to all that you feel. It will pass. Do not close.


“Fortitude in adversity. If you have the strength to tackle any one misfortune, you can tackle all. When once virtue has toughened the mind it renders it invulnerable on every side.” On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

“When you get your,’Who am I?’, question right, all of your,’What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves” Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

“When you know who you are, you know how to act.”

“The competition to succeed and win admiration is so fierce that it becomes all-consuming… The noise of fast and shallow communications makes it harder to hear the quieter sounds that emanate from the depths. We live in a culture that teaches us to promote and advertise ourselves and to master the skills required for success, but that gives little encouragement to humility, sympathy, and honest self-confrontation, which are necessary for building character.” The Road to Character, David Brooks

“Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.” Paramahansa Yogananda

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” Jesus according to the Gnostic Gospels of Thomas.

“You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, Arjuna, as a man established within himself – without selfish attachments, and alike in success and defeat.”
― Anonymous, The Bhagavad Gita