On Being Brave
Over the last three years, a lot of people have told me they think I'm brave.
Why? Because my approach to healing my cancer was unconventional and unproven. I bucked the conventional cancer system's recommendations for a more holistic alternative healing approach. And I healed my cancer while I was co-founding a communications technology startup company.
I suspect the thought before "she's brave" was "she's nuts!" And I can't really blame them. I took the road less traveled in healing and in work, and it certainly didn't come with an absence of fear or hurt. There were times when I thought I had lost my mind too.
But I was just doing what my essential self wanted. And she couldn't see how the conventional cancer plan was in my best interest. And she didn't want to work for a big company or as a self-employed consultant anymore.
So to move forward, fear and hurt, along with angst, anxiety, and hyperventilation had to get out of my way. And I suppose that's when courage came in along with a whole lot of faith! I love how Brené Brown captures this idea:
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are