Every once in a while we come across a piece of writing that really strikes a chord within us. It is like it is speaking to us directly and on the deepest of levels and creates a shift in perspective. Well, this is what this article did for me a few years ago when I first read it. I don’t want to build it up too much, because different things work for different people, but there are some universal themes here to I think apply to everyone.
I will post the text of the article after this introduction and also a link to where it resides on the web. You should definitely check out more of Steve Pavlina’s stuff if you are so inclined. There is some that is a little out there, but if I were you, I’d search by title and what appeals to you. Also, Steve has put all his work in public domain, allowing me to post freely.
The article is on the longer side; I would print it out and take it with you. Next time you are stuck waiting in line or otherwise have some time, read through it. Let me know what you think!
The Courage to Live Consciously
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature,
nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits
in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
– Helen Keller
In our day-to-day lives, the virtue of courage doesn’t receive much attention. Courage is a quality reserved for soldiers, firefighters, and activists. Security is what matters most today. Perhaps you were taught to avoid being too bold or too brave. It’s too dangerous. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Don’t draw attention to yourself in public. Follow family traditions. Don’t talk to strangers. Keep an eye out for suspicious people. Stay safe. Continue reading “The Article that Changed Your Life”