Daily Courage and Working with Fear (Daily Prompt)

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Recently, I have received feedback and criticism from all of my current teachers.  This can be quite unnerving for even the most seasoned student, scholar, or professional. It’s interesting that I used unnerving and ironically – this is a post about Courage.  The definition of “Unnerving – make (someone) lose courage or confidence.”  Well, thankfully, I have worked through this season and worked with my courage; instead of losing it.

I am grateful to one of my teachers, Katherine Paras, who started her feedback of me by recognizing that I stepped up with a fellow student to do the first presentation of the quarter.  She used the word courage to emphasize that stepping and taking initiative (and being the ‘guinea pig”) – it takes courage.  I hope you can find instances like this in your life as well.

While in the season of constant criticism, I have done what I can to balance out and see everything in perspective. Plus, I have worked on my own self-care/self-love so that I myself remain balanced. It has been a challenge at times, but I keep pushing forward.  Thankfully, I have the Air Force to credit for my resilience threshold.

As an Introvert, I have tested on the MBTI Step II, and I am INFJ.  There is a common joke in the INFJ community that “My entire life is outside my comfort zone.” Sometimes, I have to work with my inner intuition and my own self-trust to work with the necessary courage. For any fellow Introverts or INFJs, please visit my extensive Pinterest board – It’s Okay to be me. Introvert. HSP. INFJ.

Finally, I want to leave you with the lyrics from the song “Superman” by the band Five for Fighting, who released this song in October 2001. While I do not identify as the actual person Superman, I do identify with the metaphor of Superman to accomplish big things.  In the process, just like Superman (as well as INFJs everywhere) – I find myself misunderstood.

For me, the line that sticks out the most for is “It’s not easy, to be, me….”


Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five for Fighting

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find The better part of me
I’m more than a bird,
I’m more than a plane
I’m more than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me
I wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
‘Bout a home I’ll never see
It may sound absurd but don’t be naive
Even heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed but won’t you concede
Even heroes have the right to dream
And it’s not easy to be me



Finally, finally – some wise words about Fear (Courage) from Butch in the movie “The Good Dinosaur.”

Butch quote on Fear in good dinosaur




via Daily Prompt: Courage


2 Replies to “Daily Courage and Working with Fear (Daily Prompt)”

  1. Working with fear, having courage to act-this is absolutely what we need to do when we are afraid in our bodies, but some part of our mind knows we need to act. Our fear response is so very important. It lets us prepare in case we do need to run, to fight. We don’t want to be rid of fear, just to find those that we don’t need and get past those. I hope you can discard the criticism that is not useful and use the criticism that is to grow.
    I am glad you found Catnip, so I could find you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your detailed response. I appreciate your insight; especially to discard that which is not useful and use the other criticism to grow.

      I’m glad I found Catnip too!


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