Courage Takes Skill.
I was sitting there with my aunt to get our ears pierced, I was eleven years old and my aunt was too afraid to go alone so she gave me earrings for Christmas so we could go together.  I am not a needle person.  I didn't want pierced ears.  I was terrified but I knew I had to buck up and be brave for her.  And I did it!  I got my ears pierced!  I didn't die, I survived and it was a cherished memory.  

Then disaster struck with the whole earring thing.  What do you mean turn them every day?  What do you mean take them out and put them back in?  What do you mean change them out?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????  

I know this sound ridiculous, and often times fear seems ridiculous to everyone around us, they don't get it, they don't have our fear.  This process, taught me how to find courage.  How to take little steps, day after day to build courage.  This taught me that yes, courage is a skill, that can be learned.

It took months.  My dad had to turn my earrings and put the rubbing alcohol on them.  After a few weeks, I was able to turn them, if I was laying down on the bed.  My dad had to take them out and put them back in.  After a few weeks, I could take the backs off.  A few more weeks, I could pull them out.  A few more months and I could put them back in and put the back on.  Now, it is second nature.

Like many of you, we have areas of our life that are held back by fear.  We can choose to learn how to have courage, or to let fear hold us back.  We can choose to take the little tiny baby steps that are just out of our comfort zone, one little step at a time to learn courage.  We get to overcome our fears, if we choose to.  Think about courage as a learned skill.  If you can learn anything, you can learn courage.

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