I often receive requests from travel websites to do link exchanges or interviews, and my goal is to participate only in those that allow me to remain true to my values about such things as: living life as an adventure, sensitive cultural exchange, environmental sustainability, social justice, and women’s equality. HotelsCheap.org requested an interview that allowed me to engage at that level, and I’m happy to send you their way for a look. To pick up both my practical tips and philosophical thoughts on travel, please check out my interview with this purveyor of inexpensive travel lodging. Many thanks to HotelsCheap.org for the opportunity.
You may recall this week’s return guest as a living example of the Girls Trek Too mission: “to inspire women to live life as an adventure.” Sandra Ford Walston does that every day as America’s Courage Expert, and I’m grateful she has returned to share more of her tips on courageous living. Sandra is the author of the bestseller Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman. She’s a speaker, trainer, and coach who has helped thousands, from individuals to Fortune 500 Companies, move from StuckThinking™ into courageous leadership. This week she shares with us a list of 12 ways to embrace and express the courage we all carry within us:
12 Things to Love About Courage
By Sandra Ford Walston
“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.”
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Everyone can learn to practice courage regardless of career or position. It does not matter if you are a sales associate, graphic designer, project manager, photographer, accountant, administrative assistant, CEO, entrepreneur, journalist, construction worker, electrician, mechanic or stockbroker – you can learn to manifest courage in your work.
Since the Girls Trek Too mission is to inspire women to live life as an adventure, I was excited when America’s Courage Expert agreed to share her wisdom with us. Please welcome Sandra Ford Walston, author of the bestselling book Courage: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman. Sandra is a speaker, trainer, and coach who has helped thousands, from individuals to Fortune 500 Companies, move from StuckThinking™ into courageous leadership. Here are a few of her thoughts on how we can let go of fear-based thinking and experience the power of everyday courage in our lives:
Courage in the Midst of Fear
By Sandra Ford Walston
Root of Courage
One of the four cardinal virtues of the Classical world, courage has diminished in importance in these postmodern times as most people equate this important virtue with acts of bravado in the face of fear. By limiting courage in this way, we fail to perceive the courageous aspects of exploring new ideas for a project, breaking from consensus, transcending rejection, or initiating progress in the face of complacency.
Remember the time you were stuck at the side of the road all night, trying to hitchhike your way to Andorra? Then there’s the time you spent four hours in a Madrid train station, trying to buy tickets, only to be thrown out by the ticket seller because you were a weeping wreck.Or how about the time you somehow lost your money and tube pass and had to hike four hours across drizzly London, using an A-Z to find your way back to your squat?
(No, not that kind of squat!) This life-sized artwork graced the wall of a cat piss-drenched room in Amsterdam. It was too big to remove & hide.
These lowlights of our trips can be excruciating in the moment, but later prove to be some of the best things that happened to you. Why are lowlights (as opposed to highlights) so great for the adventurous traveler? Here are five reasons the lowlights can be the real reason we leave home.
Adventures are like dress rehearsals for the real thing. I have spent my life careening from one adventure to the next – always looking for the next big trip to tick off my list. Whether climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking through Bhutan or scuba diving with sharks, I told myself that by taking great risk, I was learning to handle crisis. Of course, I never imagined the kind of crisis I might have to face.
Climbing Kilimanjaro, I told myself that by taking great risk, I was learning to handle crisis.
I told myself that perhaps if I kept moving, kept adventuring, those bad things would never find me. If I filled my life with chosen risks, then there’d be no room for the unwanted ones, as if each life had a danger quota. For years I convinced myself that by taking calculated risks I was actually forestalling calamity.
On Monday, December 6, you can listen in on my radio tour as I share travel tips and talk about “They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel and the Power of Running Away.” I’ll be on the radio during morning drive-time from coast-to-coast. A couple of shows are national. Hit this link for a rundown of where and when you can tune in: