Tuesday 2 March 2010

Inspiration creates courage

I'd never thought about it before, but it's seems true: Inspiration creates courage.  When we suddenly 'know' something at the deepest level of our being, we discover new energy, new passion and a new ability to take risks. 

From the outside, it looks like courage.  From the inside, it's not courageous.  It's a sure thing.  There are no other options.  I always remember a man who was interviewed on television after the Zebrugge* ferry disaster.  He used his body as a walk way between two ships so that people could get off the sinking ferry.  When asked if he was scared, he replied, that he didn't even think about it.  He saw the need, knew what he could do to help and did it. 

There's no doubt that his solution was truly of the thinking-outside-the-box variety, which is a fundamental characteristic of inspiration, in my opinion.  What to us, as onlookers, appeared courageous, he dismissed as a natural, inevitable action when he knew what to do.

There is real potency in the realisation that when inspiration strikes, it also comes with a blast of courage - the adrenaline we need to take action and ground that inspiration in our physical world.

*I hope this is the correct spelling and apologies if it is not.

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