I have this beautiful silver and leather bracelet that was given to me a few years ago by someone that was helping me through what I will only ever chose to remember as my “darkest night of the soul.” The bracelet brand is significant and supports an awareness organization that will now forever be close to my heart because I’ve been through the worst of it and come out on the other side, even though some of the after effects will be a part of me for the rest of my life. Engraved on this beautiful and simple bracelet are just the words “be brave.”
I found this bracelet yesterday as I was digging through a basket looking for my watch. I haven’t worn my watch in probably over 2 years because it had been too tight and I was too cheap to order extra links for the band. I don’t know what possessed me to look for it yesterday, but I found it, and it fits again. So, I immediately went to the jewelry store to get a new battery put into it. Yay! Another non-scale victory!
But, I do have a scale victory too–it would appear that in just five days of medicating my metabolic disorder properly that I have busted through my weight loss plateau, losing five pounds in those days. I know weight loss like that is just initial, that it will not keep up at that rate, but it shows as an indicator to me that my doctor and I have made the right choice in looking at this avenue of treatment.
Anyway, back to my point….
Bravery. Standing in the face of your fears and kicking them in the teeth. There’s a lot of people that won’t or can’t understand that a journey of personal development such as mine requires bravery. That’s okay. It’s my journey, not theirs (and seriously, I’ve got to find another word than journey–it sounds so trite to me). I am working on changing my body, mind, and spirit in ways that it has never seen or felt. I am changing my mind to think in healthy ways that it has never thought before. I am changing my physical body to reach a point of healthy weight that it has never seen in my adult life. I am experiencing my personal relationship with God on a deeper and more intimate level than I have ever deemed possible. These are all new things, they are scary things. But I can be brave.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Be brave today in whatever you face. You are worth fighting for.