Today’s Lesson: Be brave.
The opposite of bravery is cowardice, not fear. A coward feels fear and shrinks into herself, hiding from the monster in the closet.
It takes bravado for her to stand up in spite of her fear, to face the monster and say, “I am terrified of you but I will not cower from you. Maybe I will live to regret it, but I will live, even if only long enough for you to have to face me just as I have to face you.”
Now, who is braver?
When you stand up to your fear, regardless of the outcome, you force Fear to acknowledge it is no more than a bully. Then, it has to choose to either cower or fight. The thing a bully fears most is a fight. Bullying, and fear, rely on us to choose cowardice over bravery.