For a long time, I assumed courage was reserved for comic books and activists. Conveniently, this assumption moved courage out of my reach and responsibility. The call to bravery and courage given only to the elite chosen few. After leading hundreds of people through the Dare to Lead™ program, I know I am not unique in this assumption. It is a hardwired belief for many. This belief, however, is wrong.
Pain is inevitable. It is part of life in human bodies. Our experience of pain and therefore, our experience of life is greatly impacted by our response to it. In each moment, we get to choose a path of resistance to our circumstances or open to the path that honors our resilience.
References to “self-care” in popular culture are often actually pointing to self-soothing practices. Both are meaningful, and it is important we know the difference. Popular #selfcare ideas- bubble baths, candles, tea are self-soothers. They relieve tension, stress, or anxiety in the moment. True self-care, on the other hand, is long term habits that build our resilience against stress and burnout.