“Courage is not the absence of fear nor is happiness the absence of sadness. We can only know courage and happiness once we know the experience of fear and sadness…” All too often, we are chasing positive experiences while trying to avoid the experience of the negative. In reality, negatives and positive are relative to one another and one cannot exist without the other.
Courage cannot be experienced in a fear-free zone, it can only be experienced in the presence of fear. Without having a fear to transcend, how can courage be experienced? Similarly, without experiencing sadness, how can we shift positively towards a state of happiness.
In trying to avoid the negatives, we create anxiety for ourselves because we are striving for a scenario that does not truly exist.
So today we invite you to become aware of the art of embrace. When we embrace our fears then we shall know courage because courage is born from the transcendence of fear. When we embrace our sadness then we will be able to take steps that will gradually displace that sadness through steps that bring happiness. As the medieval Persian Sufi poets originally expressed in their famous adage, “…and this too shall pass…” nothing is permanent, everything is in a state of flux.
Wishing you a Saturday of embrace and transcendence.