“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”
I am discussing this quote to address the challenge from http://patriciasplace.me/in-other-words/. Patricias Place is a stunning site that you must visit. I found out that Patricia loves cats too, which she and I and many other cat lovers have such a lovely a common denominator.
Since I enjoy quotes, I opted to take on this weekly challenge. So let’s chat about the quote.
I feel comfortable with where I currently live. I feel comfortable with my circle of friends. I feel comfortable with the places I frequent, for example – retail stores, restaurants and bars, salons, gyms, and so forth. I feel comfortable with where I like to travel. I feel comfortable with where I like to stay. I could continue on and on, but you get the gist.
The reason for my comfortable feelings, as mentioned above, is because these places are familiar to me. Their vicinity is close by and they are relatively safe. What they have to offer fits my needs. I consider this my tangible comfort zone.
But, what about things that are not tangible or intangible things? For example – caring, liking, anger, sadness, happiness, depression, anxiety and love, to name a few. These things can also have familiarity but perhaps, depending on the individual, a bit more complicated to define. There can be many variables that can have an impact on this comfort zone.
So, here is the situation. I moved to another state. I had to make new friends. I had to locate new stores, new places to dine, new places to socialize and new places that offer what I need. For some, this is easy and for some, it is not so easy. For some. it takes courage to take this on. It takes courage to let go of the familiar and move forward.
Let’s discuss the intangibles. Remember that I said this could be a bit more complicated? I could be rather lengthy on this part, however, I won’t. I would dare to say there are books written with relevance to this subject. My personal feelings are it would hard as hell to let go of the familiar when it comes to caring, liking, anger, sadness, happiness, depression, anxiety and love. It would take a tremendous amount of courage for me to move forward in some situations.
Mustering up that courage to confront anger and anxiety; mustering up that courage to say “I love you” is essential. It is essential because it gives one the power to let go of the familiar and move forward.
I like this quote. It makes sense to me, where some quotes can be too murky for my liking. This quote is a sort of antidote to me. If I have the courage then I have the power to let go of the familiar.