“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”— Mary Anne Radmacher on courage in 1985
I wake up (almost) every week day at 5:00 AM. It feels me with joy to know that I’ll have 5 hours for me, me, me. I meditate, exercise, have an amazing breakfast, and work deeply on my personal projects until I open the work computer for my 9–5 job.
It didn’t used to be this way though. Before this routine, I used to tell myself that I’d do the important (moving ahead in life) stuff in the evening after work. That never happened.
It sucks to feel you’re not moving ahead. Days pass by and you’re projects stay where you left them. You forget about them. I was sick of having that feeling. I don’t know why, maybe it was, I’m sure it was, some internet algorithm that led me to this app called Fabulous. It was just what I needed. The app gives you routines to follow and checkmark once you’re done with them. Every morning, afternoon, and evening.
My routines now feel like lighthouses. They show me the way. I feel like I’m finally moving forward. But man, some days are just hard. I feel like I didn’t move forward a lot. I’ve been writing a course for my website www.stoicanswers.com for over 40 days now! One hour, every day.
Things take time, things are difficult. But I feel good about it though. I’ve been reading a lot, I’ve been putting in the work. When it finally comes the time to sell it, I’ll know it is something made with sweat and care.
Some days it feels like I’m never going to achieve my goals. They feel immense and difficult. Those are the days I need my routines the most.
When we think about courage, we tend to think about it as something grand, like Leonidas fighting against the Persian army alongside his three hundred men.
But courage, most of the time, is silent. It’s waking up and pushing through your projects, even when the progress is infinitesimal.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”
I don’t think movies do us any good either. Avengers, for example, explosions, more explosions, big things happening all the time. Iron Man develops a new element in what? 2 minutes? Hahaha, what a joke.
Great things take time. It is wrong to think about courage as this grand thing. Opportunities for courage present themselves in the smallness of life everyday as tiny acts you choose to do or not to do.
So today, look at your life with different lenses. Think about the small acts. And when they present themselves in front of you, act courageously my friend. I’ll leave you with this great quote.
“When you fall in love with the process rather than the product, you don’t have to wait to give yourself permission to be happy. You can be satisfied anytime your system is running.”
― James Clear
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