“Tennyson uses the fine phrase, “the glory of going on.” There is tremendous power and influence in plowing through obstacles and opposition as though they did not exist, of remaining calm and undaunted, meeting fate or failure without protest, but ever seeking a new way out. Courage is not in never fearing but in conquering the fear, not in seeing no danger but in seeing safety beyond; it is the soul’s supreme contempt for cost so long as it gets value. Courage comes from conviction; it always rises when we face a situation with supreme confidence that we can master it, when we remain cool long enough to generate the energy and heat to go on.” ~ William George Jordan
When you fail to “go on” with respect to anything you face in life, you, or some part of you, stagnates. That part of you is held in suspended animation, its growth stunted and that which depends upon it is compromised.
Stagnation is never a healthy state. When water stagnates, it becomes an incubator for bacteria and parasites. Health-promoting, flowing water can become an environmental hazard when it stops moving. So too does the human body, mind and heart. Flow is essential.
The next time you see an opening in circumstance, an opportunity you have previously cowered from for one reason or another, take a chance and drive a truck through it. Do as Jordan suggests and plow through the obstacles and opposition as though they did not exist. You’ll be surprised as I have often been how quickly things can change when you refuse to hold back and dare to go on.
The obstacles in life are made harder, heavier and denser when painted with fear.