Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Not brave

I have never been told so often how brave I am as I have this week. Yet what I did - shaving my head for charity - was not brave or courageous. By definition, bravery and courage are about facing danger or pain, or conquering fear.

None of those things applied. After all, I just had a haircut, and my hair will grow again. There was no pain, no danger, no fear.

I think what people really meant was that I had made a sacrifice - an act of giving something up for the sake of something else regarded as more important. Making a sacrifice is a part of faith, so I see my act as obedient, not brave.


  1. Whether brave or not is a matter of definition, but it was a good thing to do and you have made your campaign very visible with it - good luck! Lovely art, too! Hugs, Valerie

  2. Perhaps what people are saying is that for them to do such a thing would be brave. That they would feel fear - fear of what they would look like, fear of how people would see them, fear of what people would say, fear of embarrasing themselves. You did not have these fears and so it does not feel like bravery to you. Not everyone is as comfortable with themselves as you must be to not find this a fearful experience. In any case, your obedience has certainly make an impact on the people around you and that is good.

    Love this piece of artwork.

    1. Hi Lynda. I can see what you mean. For me it wasn't brave, and you've reminded me to be thankful that I wasn't fearful about it, but other people see it from their own perspective. But hey, this is my journal, so it's from my perspective :)

  3. Well done, Tracy, and I'm so impressed with what you've done. Here's to doing what gives others courage.


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