What exactly does being brave mean? As you know, I LOVE to play with words, and the word RAVE exists within the word “brave.” Well, that got me thinking. We need to rave about when we are brave. Doing what we think we cannot do and then DOING it, well that is something to holler from the rooftops and proclaim to the world, “I am BRAVE!”
Exploring being brave means we face what we fear. I romantically imagine my Irish ancestors as being fearless. Living through the 16th and 17th centuries, the famine and battles for power and land. In Irish Gaelic speak, what do you think “nios fearr” means? Like myself, you probably went to “no fear.” The Irish are wise, “nios fearr” doesn’t mean “no fear” it is translated as “better off.” I bet it came from the old Celtic warriors, who took a final swig of their ale and said “Me lads and lassies, we’re better off dead than sitting here like scared ducks.” And away they went to conquer more hillsides and moors.
The core of most therapeutic work comes down to facing our feelings of being less than capable of doing something. In other words, being able to be brave enough to take a leap into what we assume we cannot do. Many women admit they fear being alone, not being loved, being rejected or abandoned and fear not being good enough. Navigating our way through the rough seas of fear can be terrifying. Yet, it is not about the absence of feeling fear, it is determining that you will be better off if you do what is best, what is right and true, for you.
Sail away Pirate Sister, and go ahead, RAVE about being BRAVE!