Courage

  1. Courage
  2. Growth
So tell me something meaningful about your identity,” the interviewer asked. I blinked. It was a rainy morning and I was a wreck. My coffee spilled, and I could barely haul myself after a 2-hour-long bus ride. “Take your time,” she urged me. Finally, I found my last brain cell and obliged it to find a response. Then, I beamed and declared with gleaming eyes: “Well, I’m a waiter!” She looked at me, puzzled. This could have been a lovely response at an interview for McDonald’s. But it was an interview for a gap year program.
  1. Courage
  2. Creativity
Courage. Falling down, screwing up, and facing hurt. Hurts. It’s okay when it feels impossible to learn trust and lean into love again. Too many people today choose to act out their hurt, instead of feeling hurt. They choose to inflict pain on others, instead of acknowledging pain. They choose to live disappointed, rather than […]
  1. Courage
  2. Creativity
Don’t squander your creative energies. By investing disproportionately. In the lives, hopes, dreams, and plans of others. Discover the joy of practicing your creativity. There is room for all of us. Much fear of creativity is the fear of the unknown. Surrender your need to control the results. Learn to enjoy the process of being […]
  1. Courage
  2. Creativity
Be curious. Yes, curiosity requires surrender to uncertainty. And yes, curiosity like vulnerability can lead to hurt. But what’s the alternative? To choose certainty over curiosity, armor over vulnerability, knowing over learning. Shuts you down. For ideas to become a reality. They have to be received with open hands, inquisitive mind and wondering hearts. If […]
  1. Courage
  2. Creativity
Do not fear mistakes. Create freely. Allow errors to show themselves later as insight. When you correct your originality into a uniformity. The work lacks passion and spontaneity. Don’t get ensnared in getting the details right. Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It’s a pursuit of the worst. The part that tells you […]

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