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Courage and Fear

"Courage is made of fear." (Il coraggio è fatto di paura) - Oriana Fallaci - Alex with our meditation tree image by lb as seen on linenandlavender.net - http://www.linenandlavender.net/2013/10/courage-and-fear.html

"Il coraggio è fatto di paura" (Courage is made of fear.) 
As somebody who interviewed top world leaders during the 60's, 70's and 80's, including Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 & North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap during the Vietnam War, Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, might know a thing or two about courage and fear.

The idea of courage and fear coexisting and even going hand-in-hand might not be a new one, but it has enjoyed more popularity lately thanks to the work of Dr. Brené Brown, who came into the spotlight for her TEDx talk on vulnerability, and her appearances on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, and Lifeclass.  

She is also the author of several books, notably "The Gifts of Imperfection" and her most recent "Daring Greatly." One of the central points of her research is the idea that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather being authentic and willing to stand up and be seen, and in order to be vulnerable, one must be courageous. Being courageous does not require eliminating fear, but rather embracing it and using it to one's advantage.  The truly courageous experience fear, but act anyway, using their core values as guides to keep them "on course."

Often times, we experience fear in the face of our soul's greatest desires, so turning away from fear is essentially denying ourselves the joy of life's most fulfilling experiences. In an effort to say "yes" more fully to life -vulnerability and fear included- I've made the commitment to be more courageous and make some "big jumps."
Above the Clouds - Alex atop Palos Verdes - clouds covering ocean below - image by lb for linenandlavender.net - http://www.linenandlavender.net/2013/10/courage-and-fear.html
This must be an important lesson in my life at the moment, because it seems to be popping up everywhere I turn. (Ok Universe, you got my attention!)  

In addition to the above Oriana Fallaci quote (which I found researching something completely unrelated for my Italian language learning blog Didattichiamo!) - recently, Mom discovered the artist Emiliana Torrini and in particular her song "Big Jumps" (which we included as our song recommendation in Volume No. 01 ~ Issue 03 of our digital magazine, pgs 11-12.) 

I reacted immediately to the song and analyzing it a bit more in depth, it's easy to see why:  it encapsulates the themes of being courageous and daring in a straightforward and simple way, and sets these "lofty" themes to an upbeat tune and a charming video.  

Alex walking on Palos Verdes trail - sun over the ocean, image by lb for linenandlavender.net - http://www.linenandlavender.net/2013/10/courage-and-fear.html
It's become my own personal theme song, and I think you might enjoy it too:


I walked all morning to lift my heart
‘Cause the world keeps dancing with
The paper man.
I love you never talk in dreams.
The now is here, your happiness is real.

Oh, make some big jumps, big jumps
You afraid to break some bones?
Come on, do some big jumps, big jumps
Life is yours alone.
You hold your head up, your head up high
Like you think I do.
Do do do do do, do do do

Sometimes I feel so confused.
I’m under the illusion that I
Have to choose.
I love you always know the way.
The way back home always is the same.

Oh, make some big jumps, big jumps
You afraid to break some bones?
Come on make some big jumps, big jumps
Life is yours alone.
You hold your head up, your head up high
Like you think I do.
Do do do do do, do do do

Tick-tock this clockwork will stop.
You’re the key for winding up my heart.
Brick-brack if you don’t wind me up
The sky will lie upon me like a
Passed-out drunk.
Without you, I would never rise again.
Without you, I would never rise…

Hey there sunshine lift my heart.
I know life is long, but it goes so fast.
I love you never feeling old.
You never bought the rubbish that they sold.

Oh, make some big jumps, big jumps
You afraid to break some bones?
Come on make some big jumps, big jumps
Life is yours alone.
You hold your head up, your head up high
Like you think I do.



Here's to all of our next big jumps!
(Do do do do do, do do do...)                                  
Alex, linenandlavender.net

Alex Big Jumps -  above the clouds, Palos Verdes overlooking cloud-covered ocean,  image by lb for linenandlavender.net - http://www.linenandlavender.net/2013/10/courage-and-fear.html

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