“Courage, dear heart.”
C.S. Lewis wrote this line into The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Lucy hears it spoken to her and she is sure it is Aslan, the Great Lion.
I’ve never entered Narnia except in the books and I’ve never met Aslan, although I have spent time conversing with the God whom Aslan represents.
Sometimes I wish it was as complicated, challenging, beautiful, and simple as it is in Narnia. But it’s not. This is real life — not a work of (sorta) fiction.
There are no great battles fought alongside the inhabitants of Narnia. There are no wardrobes that lead to great adventure. And there are certainly no talking animals.
But sometimes I wish there were.
My mind seems to think that if the battles were tangible they would be easier to fight. If the challenges were as clearly black and white as they are in a children’s book, then maybe, just maybe my life path would seem clearer.
Real life is so multi-faceted and it’s constantly full of moments, choices, and tasks.
If I’m honest, I grow weary. I often feel pulled in so many different directions.
I’m learning to say “no” to things that serve no purpose in my life.
But I’m learning that’s not enough.
Side note: I was planning on naming this post “No is not enough” but given current events that seemed like a bad idea. 🙂
Okay, back on track — I have my own God given dreams to pursue and I only have one problem in chasing after them.
How to overcome the fear of staying started.
Maybe that makes sense to you or maybe it doesn’t. If it does… congratulations, you’re not alone. I’m with you. If it makes no sense… well, you kinda suck. Not really. I think it’s really awesome. Please, share with me your secrets!
Starting isn’t really difficult. It’s the days that follow. It’s the continued striving, working, and daring to believe it’s possible.
The days that follow can be filled with questioning, pondering, and zoning out and dwelling on worst case scenarios. After the starting comes the negative self-talk, the doubts, the fears, and the dream that feels impossible.
If the battle was head on, I feel I could face it. But it’s not. It’s the silent critique of my life and choices. Granted, it may all just be in my head but, as Dumbledore said, “Of course it is happening inside your head,
Harry (Stephanie), but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
It’s time to take Aslan’s words to heart. It’s time to let them whisper to my own spirit.
“Courage, dear heart.”
There are so many other great words out there to encourage us to keep going and it’s time to fill the mind with words that inspired, encourage, and dare us to believe instead.
Here are five of my favorite:
Do you have any other great quotes I need to add? I’d love to hear them!