Lesson No. 42: Be Bold

Happy Halloween! I love this time of year because it gives us all permission to be a bit more daring than we normally would be. Dress as someone we wouldn’t consider being in our everyday life, believe in the unseen worlds that we usually don’t admit we believe in, be louder and more enthusiastic than we typically are.

It’s all fun and games because it’s safe. It’s just this one night of the year, and everyone else is doing it too. Tomorrow we get to crawl back into our shells again.

But when I look at something like this tree, it makes me realize that we don’t need our shells. Perhaps we should choose a shell-less existence and just be free to be who we want to be. Every day of the year.

Look at this tree!

Fire. Burning bright. Strong and relentless. Proud, but humble. Passion.

Nature knows.

Just look at her glow!


I think we should all be as bold as this tree. Bold in our decisions. Bold in our convictions. Bold in our ownership of all that we are and all that we choose to become.

This is our life. We should light it up just like these flaming autumn leaves.

Be unequivocally who we are. Not because we have no choice in the matter, but precisely because we DO!

We are who we decide to be.

Sometimes we lose sight of this because there are so many external forces pushing and pulling us every which way.

But there is an element of choice in everything. Even if it’s simply the choice of attitude—the small things sometimes make all the difference.

Lesson No. 42: Be Bold

This is our secret superpower. Our internal freedom. We should embrace it and let it glow! Our fire from within.

with truth and elegance,

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