If he only had some courage.
He shirks and shrieks at everything. More like a kitten than a lion, he might as well sit on your lap and have you pet him. In fact, during several parts of “The Wizard of Oz” he runs straight into the arms of Dorothy, afraid of…well…I’m not sure.
To be honest the Lion reminds me of myself not too long ago, unwilling to be who I really was, resistant to say the things that I really believed in. Not that I was looking for a fight, but I just wasn’t willing to come face-to-face with the nay-sayers.
If Only I Had Some Courage!
Fortunately for me it was difficult times that pressed me into a stiff resolution. I thought to myself, “This is who I am, this is what I believe. What I believe is just as legitimate as what other people think. If people don’t want to agree I won’t, but I will be cordial.”
I have no bones about growing up very very conservative. I have nothing against my past and thinking that everybody other than me was wrong. I am just not that person anymore and the process of becoming was very painstaking. Therefore, coming to terms with the incongruence in my life was very difficult. It was extremely hard to finally talk myself into deciding to be who I was going to be and own what I was going to believe.
It took courage.
Now I know that there are many individuals out there in this world right now that are hiding what they believe because they have parents that vehemently disagree with what they believe so they aren’t saying anything. They don’t want to rock the boat and rightfully so. However, it’s not about being right or wrong, it’s about being you, it’s about becoming yourself and owning your own beliefs. It’s about differentiation. And I know how painful that is.
It’s not about arguing. It’s not about debating. Don’t debate. Don’t argue. JUST BE YOU.
So on this 4th of July weekend, learn to take some freedom into your life. Take courage. Be yourself.
Hope & Peace,
Andrew S. Dungan, MA