Five Minute Friday: Brave

The bravest people I know are those who are willing to let go of control. When we seek to control everyone and everything around us, weโ€™re acting from a place of fear and insecurity.

We have confused our boundaries โ€“ the choices we make about our own lives โ€“ with control — a need to make sure everyone else thinks and acts exactly like us.

When we are brave, we allow others to do things differently from how we would do them. We allow them to make decisions that are in accordance with what is right for them.

When we are brave, we let others experience the consequences of their own actions. We do not rescue them from bad choices. We do not take responsibility for their lives but recognize that we can only be responsible for our own choices and actions.

When we are brave, we accept that we may not have all the answers, or not the only answers, and may not even a single right answer.

It is hard to be brave. But it is a far better way to live than to live attempting to control everyone and everything around us.

Yeah, I know, today is Sunday.ย  You can read more about the Five Minute Friday writing project here. This past Friday’s subject was “Brave.” I probably won’t write and post on Fridays, but when I can, I’ll write and post on the weekend. Let me know what you think!

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  5. Sue

    D’Anne,
    Oh, you pointed out so many good things… the letting go, the control, other’s choices and consequences… that made me feel good! Thank you!
    Stopped in from FMF (posted mine late too lol)
    Sue

  6. The word brave inspired me to write my first five minute friday…but on a sunday. Glad I’m not the only person posting today. Fascinating post. I often feel like I;m being controlled by others, but your post makes me question whether I control others too…

    • By all means, it is always a good idea to take a look at ourselves, but PLEASE, take time to share your view of yourself with a trusted friend who can help you see yourself honestly. We tend to be really hard on ourselves and judge ourselves unfairly. There’s a Big difference between occasionally insisting on having our own way and controlling others. Whenever you think you might be controlling someone else, ask yourself how what the other person wants might work or is a ‘right’ approach. Ask yourself, what harm might come from letting the other person have his or her way? Your answers will be great feedback to yourself. Good luck.

  7. I also didn’t get to writing until Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love your take on bravery. So very true and at the same time, sometimes so very hard to do! I am a very Type A person, so letting go of control is very hard for me at times. But often rewarding when I do.

  8. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I didn’t get to Five Minute Friday until today either.
    Very good look at bravery. God bless you!

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