Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn't only a guide to keep us safe; it's also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life." --from Donald Miller's book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
We walked up to the counter and Shasha was handed a slip to fill out for The Dance Company auditions.
She was told to fill it out herself which she was completely unprepared for. The sweet girl looked up at me like she forgot HOW to spell her name when she put her pen down. She was so nervous.
She said she wasn’t.
I always try to burn those moments into my memory..
the important ones.
The moments that I can see WHO THEY ARE.
It is like a little magical glance into the future.
Today it was the moment that she walked away from me in the studio. She didn’t even remember to hug and kiss me…
As she nervously walked away she looked back at me she had a fear in her eyes. I could see it.
But..she didn’t stop and let the fear overcome her.
She walked in that room and went nose to nose with all the fear that manifested in front of her.
She stood her ground and did her best.
Which makes me beyond proud….
As far as I am concerned….no matter the outcome, she won the gold medal in my heart.
It gave me a glimpse of the courage and strength she has inside of her.
No matter what happens with this audition…the future is bright for this little star.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -- e.e. Cummings.
Quotes taken from THIS BLOG written by amazing real life friend Heather…. LOVE LOVE LOVED this post about courage.