Courage Is A Beautiful Thing

by Tess

When is the last time you did something that made your hands sweat and your heart beat?

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    Jay Schryer November 10, 2010 at 7:05 am

    This is really beautiful, Tess. Really beautiful and powerful, too. It reminds me of a John Wayne quote, which I’m too lazy to look up right now but goes something like this: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” Thats the way I always look at things which scare me. It’s ok to be afraid. Everyone is afraid of some things some of the time. But, you can’t let your fears control you. You have to get up on the horse and ride to face them.

    Thank you, I needed to be reminded of this.
    .-= Jay Schryer´s last post…Thinking too Hard =-.


    Clearly Composed November 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love the word courage and I like letting my inner brave girl out to play! I just got a job outside of my home, the first one in ten years, and started this week. I must say, I have been feeling pretty courageous jumping back into another life and doing it with some gusto and joy too! It involves driving home at night on windy mountain roads and trust me, my hands sweat! Bravery rocks, playing it safe isn’t half as much fun. :)
    .-= Clearly Composed´s last post… Will You =-.


    Bryce Christiansen November 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

    It’s hard to think of yourself as courageous. Kind of like calling yourself humble.

    The last time I made my hands sweat and my heart beat was when I gave my previous job a two weeks notice. They were so used to firing people before they had a chance to leave themselves, that I didn’t know what would happen.

    I’m so glad I had the courage to leave a job I was miserable in and find one I love.


    Caroline November 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Wow…this song really speaks to me today. How many times I have been knocked down. How many times I have been afraid…but I keep living. Living a “Bold Life” takes courage. How sad would life be if we didn’t take those chances? My photography is a perfect example…I am scared to death every time I pick up the camera to photograph someone. Seriously. But because I love it so much…I won’t let fear and doubt get in the way. Thanks for this today! xoxo
    .-= Caroline´s last post…You matter =-.


    Uzma November 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful and so where I am. Looking for the courage to embrace my gift and walk that way. So many fears, but I have to go on anyway. Thank u for this


    Lori November 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Beautiful, this made me travel along a river of hope and courage. Thank you, Tess!
    We must keep pushing on, in pain or otherwise.
    Much love to you, Tess.
    .-= Lori´s last post…Love!Love!Love! Part Deux =-.


    Michelle @ Following Your Joy November 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Tess!

    Hey, thanks for asking such an important question! The last time I exuded real courage (just recently!) was when I revealed “who” I am – all of me – to someone I had previously been afraid to do this in front of. For years, I’ve wanted folks in my presence to feel comfortable…and I mistakenly thought that meant we had to believe the same thing and go about life in the same way. Not true! So it felt incredibly freeing and courageous to share all of me in this manner. Besides, that’s what the world wants, anyway – for each of us to be all of who we are. Exciting!


    Wilma Ham November 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Tess, right now my heart is pounding and my hands are sweating. John and I have found our next destination, a farm as remote in New Zealand as one can, together with an awesome group of people. No going back, jumping in to living of the land way of living far away from civilization as possible. Building buildings that will decompose and eating only healthy real food.
    Scary, yes! Exciting, yes! I hope that soon this way of living will be the norm.
    Much love to you, Wilma


    Joy November 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Gosh Tess,
    This entire week I’ve been embracing new and different..something presented in each palms sweat, my heart pounds, I wonder if *I can*…and then a take a tentative step..and am rewarded with’s exhausting as it’s presented yet exhilarating as I step into/through it..I keep thinking I like regular/routine/average every day..but apparently I’m manifesting challenges to enable to open my heart fully..And I’m thankful for each gift that is presented to me..added texture to my life:)


    Suzie Cheel November 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Love it-must be a week for courage Take all my doubt- yes- thanks for sharing it is beautiful
    .-= Suzie Cheel´s last post…Monday Inspiration- Have Courage =-.


    Alex Blackwell November 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for wonderful gift Tess – just perfect for today.



    Robin Easton November 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Dearest Tess,

    This moves me to tears and does me so much good. Bless you dear beautiful soul.

    Re: your question “When is the last time you did something that made your hands sweat and your heart beat?”

    My answer: When I signed my book contract and put my story out to the world. A part of me let go, and let the flow of life take over. Each day I move into a world that is HUGE, and unknown to me, I do not know where I am headed and I do not know where it will all lead, and oddly I feel FREE and more compassion for myself than ever before in my life. And I feel a great surge of love for humanity and all life. More than ever before.

    Every day I am grateful for my dear best friend (my husband), grateful for good friends, grateful for the “mystery”, grateful that there are paths in my life that are still unknown, paths that demand courage of me, paths that rip all I’ve known apart and show me something more beautiful than I’ve EVER known.

    For me to live a life without The Great Unknown, and the courage to “discover”, is no life at all. Thank you for inspiring me, for being you, for loving.

    Much love to you dear Tess.
    So good to feel you here.
    .-= Robin Easton´s last post…Naked Laughter – Video and Contest =-.


    Betsy at Zen Mama November 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love the word courage. I think it’s great to know that faith and doubt go together. If you doubt, you must have faith. And courage helps you to keep your faith.

    I need courage right now! Tonight I’m about to press the button to bring my website from iweb to wordpress and I’m scared!!


    Ande Waggener November 10, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Beautiful picture of courage, Tess. What lovely synchronicity that we both peeked at courage this week. :)
    .-= Ande Waggener´s last post…Yes- You Can Be Courageous =-.


    Marci November 10, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    What a beautiful song! I love how you can say so much by posting a video :)

    I recently held my ground on something that wasn’t good for me. I wanted to cave to keep the peace, but I stood firm. It’s good to know where I stand, when I am willing to be flexible and when I am going to hold on no matter what.
    .-= Marci´s last post…Have You Found Your Pocket of Sunshine Today =-.


    Angela Artemis November 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Just what I needed right now – some courage. My sale is getting a bit sticky and iffy…..not sure if we’ll close on Monday. I just keep have to keep telling myself – you are courageous and you can do this!
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last post…7 Simple Steps to Mastering Your Mind =-.


    BakeR Gendron November 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Tess,
    My best friend, my wonderful husband André turned me on to your blog awhile back. We were just having one of those conversations tonight, where I’m crying and saying I’m scared this won’t work (my new life, I’m an Intuitive and Spiritual Life Coach), where’s the money coming from etc. He’s saying, “trust Spirit, this is what you teach, what would you tell your clients etc.” That conversation went on for awhile, I came upstairs to check email, and then to go inside/meditate and see if I can find the peace. And there you were, with the most perfect video, you ordered it for me, didn’t you? THANKS SO MUCH!!! BakeR p.s. I think by the pics you occasionally have that you live in the Scottsdale area, I moved to Sedona last year from Scottsdale. If you ever want to meet up in Sedona, I would love that. I do an occasional blog on my website, not as regular as you.
    .-= BakeR Gendron´s last post…Healing Journeys =-.


    Lance November 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I absolutely love this song…and remember very well the first time I heard it. It’s been a while, so hearing it again today is very special.

    I’m in the process of something right now…and that whole process…when I really listen to my heart…it’s making my hands sweat, my heart beat. And I keep moving forward…

    So, this song, today, is especially meaningful for me. And I thank you, very dearly, for sharing it here.

    A beautiful gift for me today…
    .-= Lance´s last post…Music For The Soul- Beauty In The World =-.


    Susie @newdaynewlesson November 11, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I just had the courage to file a complaint about workplace violence against me.
    .-= Susie @newdaynewlesson´s last post…Violence Is Not Acceptable Period =-.


    Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord November 11, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Well, let’s see. Right NOW my heart is pounding in my chest and my palms are sweaty. A guy I think is dreamy, but who lives in another state, just emailed and asked if I could meet him 90 minutes away from where I live b/c he’ll be in that town today. Uh… okay! As soon as I considered it for real (didn’t push it to the back of my mind and say, “No way I can make that happen” as a defense mechanism), my courage chemicals kicked in. Oh boy, oh boy!

    Reminds me of the message from the Universe I received yesterday about doing what we’ve never done before, in order to get what we’ve always dreamed of.

    YES! I say YES!


    suzen November 11, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Hi Tess! I’ve been here but not stopping to comment on a lot of blogs lately – time is so precious now that I’m back to free-lancing (talk about courage) and teaching, speaking and working on a website (panting but happy!) – BUT, that said, this was absolutely AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing. I have a friend who needs this SO much right now – will forward!
    BIG hugs


    Dandy November 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Tess,
    The last time my hands were sweating and my heart was beating fast was when I heard someone make an anti-semetic remark. I let them know how ugly and vicious it was and to keep such ignorant comments unsaid. Oh that felt good!


    Tammy November 13, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Well, my heart was pounding during a cab ride in downtown Chicago yesterday so I had to use that thing that sometimes accompanies courage – trust.


    Jannie Funster November 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Um, not since last week, I think. I had to return a call to school about a little “behavior incident” I had learned of. It was a good thing to call. And all is well now, or at least light has been shed on behavior and consequences for a certain little sweet someone who is very very important to me.

    You ever get any calls from any school over the course of being a mom to 4, Tess?

    .-= Jannie Funster´s last post…Poetry Book Giveaway – whoo hooooo =-.


    Joyce November 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Inspiring one! Just shared it on facebook ;)
    .-= Joyce´s last post…Prayer For That Special Someone =-.


    John Sherry November 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Courage has a stirring energy to it. A steel and determination to succeed or prevail. I like the feel of how you have painted it here Tess. You give it an uplifting vibe and plenty need that today. A post with a simple tower of strength built into it. Be blessed.
    .-= John Sherry´s last post…Why I Want Love =-.


    Aileen November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Tess, this is such a great gift to give to your readers! You are such a wonderful light in this world.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful song video!
    .-= Aileen´s last post…A Tribute to Real Life Super Heroes =-.


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