The Bravery of Self

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To choose bravery

Is to step outside ourselves

With steadfast courage

We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s time to get out of your own way”. While these wise words of advice seem pretty clear, the murkiness of the act tends to confound us. It’s funny when we think about those moments when we step in front of someone and apologize for getting in their way. We have a tendency to apologize for blocking the pathway of someone else, as opposed to doing the same for ourselves. Although, one could argue that when we do this to ourselves, it’s not really an apology that’s needed. What is actually needed is an epic epiphany. Yes — it’s an epiphany of epic proportions. Why? Because we need to regularly realize those moments when we step into ourselves as opposed to outside of ourselves.

Our ability to go within is a very powerful tool on many fronts. It allows us to gain clarity and seek wisdom from our internal barometer. However, when we regularly check in with our higher self, we begin to understand that maintaining is not what we were placed on this earth to do. We were placed on this earth to constantly learn and grow. To learn from the wisdom of others, as well as the eternal wisdom that our little voice whispers. For it’s when we seek to understand, that we are more capable of stepping into a new realm of our individuality because we are confident in the direction forward and can better give life to our self-esteem.

All of this, of course, takes an act of bravery. It takes boldness and courage to step outside of our familiar selves, and shed an old skin so that a new one may slowly engulf the essence of our being. The more often we bring this discipline to life, the more apt we are to new experiences that provide us new life and a grander perspective on why we’re here, in this moment, in this lifetime.

May we all find our own way to manifest such a practice, so that we can live by the wise words of Maya Angelou that read, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Here’s to days, weeks and years of being breathless.

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I spent almost 30 years in the hospitality industry. I recently founded the Boot A(E)ffect — a holistic firm focused on Personal Growth & Professional Guidance.

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Eric Paulucci

Eric Paulucci

I spent almost 30 years in the hospitality industry. I recently founded the Boot A(E)ffect — a holistic firm focused on Personal Growth & Professional Guidance.

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