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, we’re acting from a place of fear and insecurity.
We have confused our boundaries – the choices we make about our own lives – 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. 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!