August 11

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 11: “Be a ‘person’ of confidence, not cockiness.

Know your boundaries, set no limits.

Speak your kindness and turn your back to conformed groups.

The only way to be a ‘person’ of change in this world, is to walk what you talk and set your own soul free first.”― Nikki Rowe

We have been exposed to tremendous courage in this past year and a half. Lately, we are watching women athletes stand up for their own emotional health instead of competing when it stresses them out or becomes too demanding for their own best health.

That takes more courage than anyone I have ever met could exhibit. Especially in the realm of the world of competition as the Olympic games. These people who exhibit courage in the face of seeming failure or censure are my personal heroes.

It takes tremendous courage to go against the trends of hundreds of years of competing, especially after a lifetime of intense pain and emotional upheaval that gets them to the stage to begin with. To then put your own well-being ahead of winning at all costs is amazing.

We are so ego-bound in how we see sports and competition that it serves no one’s soul to do these things, but the spectacle is what others crave. No one stops to think about the high cost athletes pay in their personal lives. And the cost is high.

To be able to stand up against that is particularly powerful and brave, in my book. I know it is an outstanding statement of who these people are, inside and out. It raises the bar for the rest of us in very good and healthy ways.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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