For more than a week now, every time I take our dogs outside, we are entertained by a rooster who has made himself at home in the front yard of our neighbor’s house two doors down. This bright, colorful bird stands in the front of the house and crows all day long. (Seriously, all day long.)
I love seeing him all puffed up and grand belting out his “Cock-a-doodle-doo” like nobody’s business.
I never get tired of it. His dedication to doing his thing, loud and proud, no matter what is going on around him, makes me smile. Every. Single. Time.
He’s simply audacious, and I can’t help but admire this quality when I see it.
In humans, having the audacity to go after what lights us up takes courage. We can think and talk about it all day long, but unless we act, nothing is going to change.
In the book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, the author writes that it’s often audacity and not talent that makes someone an artist, rather than a “shadow artist” hiding in the dark, afraid to introduce their dream to light.
I think this is true for all idealists and visionaries, not just artists. It’s only those who have the audacity to take bold action who achieve their dreams.
So, you may see where I am going with this.
I’m wondering if you are showing up to life like this brazen rooster, doing your thing and giving the world all that you’ve got?
If your answer is “yes”, then that’s awesome! Shine on!
But if you’re hiding in the shadows, ignoring your passions, and not fully activating your potential, then I want to inspire you to get louder and braver.
Although it takes courage to stand out, the alternative can be soul-sucking. You are not here to be ordinary and blend in. Your gifts and talents are needed in this world.
Like this audacious rooster, my friend, you were born to shine!