The Mental Health Journey is a long and arduous journey that is plagued with trial, error and setbacks but with courage we find what lies beyond the defensive walls, fears and struggles. With courage we discover that our lives are by far more beautiful and worthwhile than we can ever imagine. Our belief that our lives can and will be beautiful and worthwhile shapes our thought process so we can begin thinking as someone who is capable of reaching our highest potential.
Being brave means courageously making choices that reflect our truest selves.
Our fears will constantly limit us and distort our reality. "I'll never be good enough" "My life will always be the same" "Nobody will ever love me" are just some of the irrational beliefs we cling unto that are so far from the truth of who we are. In order to see a reality where we are good enough, our life is malleable and love is attainable we need to courageously confront what stands in the way and blocks our vision so we can make decisions that reflect our truest values, beliefs and identity.
Courage also is the driving force behind pursuing our dreams, mending relationships, restoring health, and healing our wounds even in the most terrible and heartbreaking experiences. Without courage we will always be running, hiding or medicating. Running, hiding or medicating does not provide the reconciliation and redemptive work that must happen in order for growth and authenticity to become possible.
Being brave means being okay with failure.
Throughout our mental health journey we may revolt back to the very things we have courageously defeated before or we may be tempted to denounce our bravery and accept something much easier and less heroic. Understanding that we are limited and imperfect is an opportunity to rely on our resources and the love that surely surrounds us.
Being brave means living with knowledge and awareness.
Living with knowledge and awareness can be the most painful part in our mental health journeys because that means being cognizant of the heartbreaking realities of our lives, including our own failures and the failures of those whom we love.
Despite our resistance, denial or shame regarding failure, failure continues to be inevitable. Our ability to look at what pains us with strength, find ways to heal and become better people, offers us the grace of new knowledge and awareness that will only benefit our lives in the long run. Our goal is to make more conscious acts so we can break through our weaknesses, habitual cycles, fears, shame, and powerlessness.
Therefore we need courage, lots of it. The more we choose to be brave, the more we are rooted in the truth of who we are and propelled forward towards a life that offers deep purpose, strength and determination.
Grab a Pen + Journal: 3 Helpful Reflection Tools for Courageous Living
Confront Your Fears
What or who am I afraid of? What have I experienced that makes me limit my capacity to reach my full, authentic self? What negative thoughts may be limiting my ability to see the truth of who I am? How can confronting these negative thoughts offer me a more courageous life?
What are my failures? What am I ashamed of? Who makes me feel ashamed of my failures and why? Who has failed me in my life? Whom am I ashamed of? What cannot I change in my life and what do I have the power to change? Who and what do I need to accept to live a more peaceful life?
Live with Deep Awareness
What am I hiding, running or medicating? How does this impact me? Who do I want to be? Is the person I want to be correlating with the choices I am making now? In what ways are my choices grounded in conscious awareness leading me to deep purpose, strength and determination?