Thriving Thursdays: Fear or Courage? (Guest Post by Teagan Riordain Geneviene)

Hi, I’m Teagan Geneviene.  Today I’m doing a guest post for our wonderful Story Telling Ape.  I’m here to encourage you to thrive.

Today I’m not thinking about how daring the feat was.  Nor am I wondering how dangerous the situation was.  I’m not even considering what extraordinary valor may have been involved.

How brave is someone when they do something they don’t fear?  Are they braver than the person who trembles in terror? 

Fear can hold us back.  But to overcome fear is to thrive.  If you see a person, daunted by distress, who dives into the fray despite their dread — then you have witnessed courage.

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway…  John Wayne


Wishing you a thriving Thursday.

Mega hugs,


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65 thoughts on “Thriving Thursdays: Fear or Courage? (Guest Post by Teagan Riordain Geneviene)

    • Hi Robert. Yes, and some people choose to define “respect” as fear too. It seems like the most frequently used path to get ahead… But for those of us who simply can’t stomach being that way — “saddle up” might be the only way to go. Hugs.

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  1. Feel the fear and do it anyway… I love it, Teagan. The John Wayne cowboy image is most appropriate, for riding fear is much like riding a bronco: You don’t know if you’ll settle in or fall flat on your face; enjoy the thrill of the ride or fall prey to abject terror. But the satisfaction of overcoming fear is in a class by itself. Another great post, my friend. Hugs ♥

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  2. Teagan, I hope your cold has taken the back door exit and you are feeling better. Let’s just say I’ve saddled up the horse and I’m ready to get on it. Scary, but exciting too! Thank you Chris for hosting our lovely lady who always has wonderful words of wisdom to share.

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  3. Such wonderful sentiments to see here from our Teagan. And the use of the word valor jumped out at me. It occurs to me I don’t see it used often, and it’s SUCH a good word! Slainte to Teagan and The Ape ! Long may you thrive.

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    • Claire, that can be our “word of the day” — Valor. Hopefully it won’t become a thing of the past. I think (using it) comes from when I was a very little girl — loving the Prince Valiant comic strip. LOL. Chalk it up to strange early influences. Thanks for visiting. Have a thriving Thursday! Hugs.

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  4. Thanks, Teagan and Chris. You’re right. Courage is relative and we don’t know what anybody is going through unless we are in their shoes. I hope you feel better soon, and before I forget, I’m finally reunited with your book! Hooray! I’ll take it with me to Madrid to make sure I read it (and I also do a bit of promo if I can…)

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  5. Good post, Teagan. That’s right. It helps if there’s no one else who can do the task. I’ve done things I didn’t want to but had to. I was the only one who could and there was no favorable alternative. I didn’t do things just to show off. I knew if I tried to lean on someone I’d end up on the floor. My dad was a big fan of John Wayne. That quote sounds like John. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • And that, my dear Suzanne, is a perfect example of courage. Yes, we’re more likely to “saddle up” if we don’t see any alternative, but it still took just as much courage for you to do it. *Courage* is doing something despite being afraid. Regardless of the why. Anyone who has read your About page (and applied any thought to it) would see that you are a truly courageous person. Thrive on, my friend.

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  6. Walking through Central Park many years ago now I came across a little boy frozen in fear at one side of a climbing playground attraction – crying – as some of the other kids teased him. I climbed up next to him (really not very high, except to him) and told him I thought he was very brave. The astonished look on his face was priceless. “The other kids aren’t afraid of heights, so they aren’t brave to climb up here. You are and you did it anyway. I think you are probably the bravest kid here today.”

    You should have seen that little monkey scamper all OVER that playground after that – “Look how brave I’m being on the ladder!” “Is this brave?” One of my most precious memories (still brings tears and grins) – and your post brought it to mind today. Thanks!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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        • How could he not remember that day, Madelyn? I choose to see him, all grown up, confidant, and with a bemused smile at the memory of that day. Even if he doesn’t “remember” I think he does “on the inner” — your encouragement surely changed the course of his life. More hugs.

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          • I’d really like to think so, Teagan. The boy’s dad was one of those “tough love” types, shouting what I’m sure he believed was “encouragement” from below (actually increasing the scary stakes for the kid) – which is why I climbed up to speak to him in the first place.

            The reframe was for the little boy, not the dad, but I’d like to believe Dad got the lesson as well: carrot, not stick!

            A grown up did something similar for me, counteracting my father’s take on psychotherapy (“quackery”), my uncle (Mom’s much younger brother, 20 and half-way between our ages at the time). He took me aside to say quietly, “I’ve found it very useful dealing with Gram, Madelyn (his abusive mother & my maternal grandmother). Some day you might want to check it out.”

            My 10 year old realization that Uncle Mike had not only a conflicting opinion from my intellectually brilliant father, but also a personal experience, allowed me to investigate for myself when I was much older, and to make a career in a similar field. So I pass it on, giving kids a different take from a grown-up whenever I get the chance.

            Hugs back – and puppy kisses from Tink.

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  7. Wishing everyone a Thriving Thursday as well. You’re so right, Teagan, courage is doing something, whether or not it’s scary…you’ve made me think and made my trembling self realize, yup, I should do something I need to do, courage, don’t fail me now! Hope you and Chris and everyone has a wonderful day.
    Mega I think I can I think I can I think I can hugs xoxox

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