Courage Follows Love

“Perfect love casts out fear.” -John 4:18

“There is no deed in this life so impossible that you cannot do it. Your whole life should be lived as a heroic deed.” -Leo Tolstoy

“The world wants to know if you have cojones. If you are brave?” -Emilo Perez asking John Grady in Cormac McCarthy’s novel, All The Pretty Horses

The word courage is derived from the Latin word “cor” which literally means heart.

Every courageous act throughout history, all those people we admire for their bravery, had one thing in common.

Love.

They loved something, someone, so deeply and with all their heart. Their love transcended and went beyond self. So much so that when the time came for them to demonstrate courage, to step up, they answered the call. Even if that meant giving up their lives.

You probably don’t have to die to make your art, to make the change you want to make in this world, but you do need tremendous courage. To risk. To be vulnerable. To put yourself out there. To be willing to fail.

Find your love and your courage will follow.

P.S. – If you’re looking for some inspiration, read Ryan Holiday’s latest book “Courage Is Calling”.

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