B Is For Bravery

“Bravery: having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid”.  Being brave isn’t just about facing up when you have to.  It is also about knowing when something has to stop and taking the steps to withdraw.  It is about recognising when things are wrong and being able to do something about it.  It’s as much about being able to say ‘I can’t’, as being able to say ‘I can’.  Sometimes we can get stuck in a situation; we stay where it’s familiar.  We stay because we are too scared of what a change might bring.  Sometimes we stay because we can’t face saying we were wrong.  Other times we stay because we don’t want to rock the boat.  The opposite of bravery is not cowardice, but conformity.  Just remember, when you should grab something, grab it; when you should let go, let go.

Enjoy the journey.

4 Comments

  • Paula
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    Reply Reply May 2, 2016

    Great reflection, take it one more step beyond knowing when to stop….that is saying, no. Seems many do not know how to say “no”

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 2, 2016

      Hi Paula, thanks for visiting. Yes, you are right, saying no is something a lot seem be unable to do.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 4, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    I wish you could create this statement in a picture quote “The opposite of bravery is not cowardice, but conformity” What an insight. People hold on to their safe zone because they are willing to conform than make a difference. People are scared because they doubt their ability and believe in the World’s opinion about them.

    Thanks for reminding me about the true meaning of bravery. Take Care

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 6, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. When I did my PhD I used a quadrant model that represented my theory. In opposite corners were ‘conformity’ and ‘contra polarity response’, which is basically the opposite. So it stands to reason that the opposite of anything in that corner would be ‘conformity’. A deep debate but a healthy one.

      Enjoy the journey!

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