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Debra Oakland Debra Oakland writer. joyful experiencer. courage advocate.

Within six years, Debra Oakland lost her son, her unborn child, two brothers, and her father. Instead of giving up, she chooses to live in courage, joy, and power. [www.livingincourageonline.com]

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Living in courage is most meaningful to me on my particular journey. Life can throw us curve-balls. It’s how we handle them that I find fascinating. Every one of us has had major challenges to overcome. Those challenges can make or break us. I choose to grow and become strengthened by them, which has led me to talking about courage with others.

We’re incredibly powerful beings, and yet, as Sting sings, “how fragile we are.” There’s a bridge between being broken and living in power. We get to choose which side of the bridge to be on and who we’ll assist to the other side. It takes courage to believe in ourselves, to be our true authentic selves, never apologizing for who we are. If we can create a spiritual space inside ourselves, a place where we can overcome life’s biggest challenges, we’ll truly live in courage. By navigating the bumps in the road wisely, joy becomes a very good travel partner.

Living in courage is a big, broad subject. I see courage as the will to act from the strength and power within the heart. Courage isn’t something we have; it’s something we become. Living a courageous life happens when we allow the true essence of who we are to rise up and shine for all the world to see – regardless of other people’s opinions. Courageous individuals who are true to themselves feel a powerful resolve that’s unshakable, a true conviction of purpose, a willingness to carry on in the face of any challenge.

Standing in the power of purpose is a pure point of courage, available to everyone who cares to utilize it in their life. That brings forward the power that’s alive within. If that power has been diminished greatly, when awakened it can shatter the fear of moving forward toward an intention or goal.

Greatness arises from mediocrity. Lives are altered as awareness shifts to possibility and progress. The union of courage and honor is a great gift within the heart of every human soul.

My deepest wish is for us all to live courageously from the heart. I can’t think of a better place to live from. Can you?

– Debra Oakland

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