“Fortune and love befriend the bold.” ~ Ovid
Passivity and patience are not the same thing. We can wait our whole lives for fortune or love to come our way, but if we don’t initiate action (which means risking failure) the opportunities that pass before us daily will probably never be actualized.
Boldness is the opposite of passivity. To be bold means to choose our destination, to set our own course, and to be brave enough to correct that course if we decide it’s not taking us where we want to go. To be bold is to act – not with ruthless aggression – but with determined energy. It is to reach out and move toward what we are seeking rather than waiting for it to magically materialize.
When we are able to identify our wants and needs, we become better at making choices and at plotting a personal program of growth. Learning to proceed this way takes courage and practice – and the firm conviction that we are worth the trouble.
Today, I will act, not react. This day I am a hammer, not a nail.
~ Days of Healing, Days of Joy ~ June 10; Hazelden Meditation Series