Courage is…Accepting ALL of YOU!

Courage is… Accepting ALL of YOU!

What does that mean?

It means over a span of 50 years I have made many mistakes ( and I’m sure I’m not done yet haha) I have made some very bad choices and decisions that not only hurt others but also hurt myself, (getting a bit better at this ), my point is, life experiences have taught me what makes me happy, truly happy, and what does not. I am learning to fine tune my happy. What I have experienced so far, is no1 lesson – unless you can accept all of you, the good, the bad the ugly, unless you can accept all of your experiences in life, you will never be able to move forward. You will always be stuck in the hurt and pain of experiences from the past.


You need to find a way to forgive yourself first, forgive others and let it all go. I know it is easier said than done. But all of this is for your benefit. When you do, it opens up space within you, to allow new and wonderful experiences to enter into your present moment.

Life is about learning, growing, fine-tuning every day. We will always be learning. We will always be growing. We will always be fine-tuning our happy.

Get excited about this! Every day, we are alive, we get to have a fresh start., to have another go. Woohoo!


Resistance to Venom!

While we are fine-tuning our happy place, there are things to be aware of.

The Honey Badger is named the most fearless animal.

This animal does not back down, ever! Regardless of the size of its foe, or how many in number or how dangerous or poisonous, it just never gives up.

Venom of a snake can kill but when the Honey Badger gets bit by a poisonous snake, he is out for a couple of hours, gets back up and continues where he left off.

People’s words attack like venom to your soul.

You can’t do it! You’re too dumb! You’re too fat! You’re too ugly! You’re too useless! And that oh so familiar overused word, You are a failure!

Beware! Words do pierce your inner self, so while learning to get to know yourself, never let other people’s opinions of you, become your opinion of yourself. Be courageous and choose what you accept in and what you reject out. You get that choice every day. Don’t let people’s words drown you in untruths.

Remember those spitting venom, are the source of the venom within. Hurt people, Hurt people. We don’t know what they are going through. It’s obviously not a happy place they are coming from if they feel the need to attack. It can be a place of fear.

Watch what words we use. We are responsible for those.

And just like the Honey Badger, if you do get knocked down by words of others or from your own thoughts, be okay with yourself, just get up and carry on.

It takes courage to get back up! It takes courage to never give up!

But do it! Do it for You! You are worth it!


Get Uncomfortable!

We all want adventurous, exciting, fulfilling and meaningful lives. We may be at different levels and paces but exciting lives, all the same.

Then we need to get UNCOMFORTABLE!

It takes courage to get out of your comfort zone.

It takes courage to get out there and learn something completely new.

It takes courage to be Your authentic self.

It takes courage to stare your foe in the eye and say ” I Am Me and I am okay with that!”

I am very uncomfortable now, writing my perceptions and feelings and then publishing them for all to see. I am uncomfortable how people will receive it.

But I tell you what! I am also excited, I am passionate, I am enthusiastic. It feels meaningful and it is fulfilling a dream. It is adventurous to go into the unknown.

So Get Uncomfortable!

It is worth it! You are worth it!

And the bonus of this is, I am learning more about my own inner roar. I expand in my own growth, every time, for what I believe in and learning what I am capable of. How will we ever know how far we can go if we don’t push the boundaries?

Courage is making choices that bring You out more.

Courage is not to retaliate but being compassionate.

Courage is not blaming or judging others (this includes yourself) but taking responsibility for your own thoughts, words and actions. There will always be those that misbehave in one form or another. Don’t lower yourself to their vibe. Raise them to yours!

Courage is being Uncomfortable and still choosing to be the best You can Be.


Be Gentle On You.

Being courageous doesn’t always mean a lion’s roar. It can also mean that soft inner voice that says it is okay. Keep trying. Keep getting up. You are getting stronger at this more each day. Well done. You are doing well.

You know the kind of self talk. The talk that uplifts your spirit. The one that lifts the smile on your face. It may not have gone the way you wanted but you are smiling because you did your best and you moved a step closer to You. Tomorrows another day and another fresh new start. Rewrite your story.

Focus on your strengths, Focus on what makes you happy. Never give up on yourself. Stand strong for your values. Those are Your values. They matter! You will sleep more peacefully.

Also remember though, that others too will be standing up for what they believe in as well. Don’t make them wrong so you can be right or vice versa. Each of us are on our own journey of self discovery. We are all going at our own pace. We are all coming from our own place of awareness. It’s not a race. It just is.

If the world could do just one thing for themselves and that is to be gentle on themselves. We would certainly be living in a completely different world. It is very empowering and the best of you can finally unfold when not smothered over with harsh judgmental thoughts.


You Get One Shot!

It doesn’t matter how long you have been on this earth.

What matters is You get one shot to live it! You get this opportunity to Be the best of You. To make a difference in your life first, and this will overflow into the lives of many around you. You can influence so many lives just by being You.

No one compares to You! You are the only You ever!

One Shot!

One You!

One Decision!

Take the lion stance! Be of courage and accept all of You.

Mine is “Just Doing My Do”


What is Yours?


Bring it on!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

Your comments are more than welcome πŸ™‚

47 thoughts on “Courage is…Accepting ALL of YOU!”

  1. What beautiful words! You are completely right. Words ARE important. And how wouldn’t they be if we communicate through language? We are all capable of finding enlightenment within us but are so afraid to do so because of fear of how we will be judged. Who ever gave your neighbor the right to judge you? Who are you to judge your neighbor? Finding the means to comprehend our values and their externalization will get us a long way to stop hurting ourselves and each other. We have the same right to live and enjoy our lives as anybody else. So, let’s just do it! Thank you for a beautiful and soothing post. I wish you all the best!

    1. Very empowering words my friend and totally agree with you.
      If judgment alone just stopped, it would be for the greater good of all. I am choosing to make the changes within myself first. And make a difference by example. This platform gives me that opportunity. The money side is great but the opportunity side to share my passion is greater.
      I am so thankful to you and your comment πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you William. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comment.
      Sadly there are those are quite vicious with their words. I just sooner leave their presence and go back to my happy place. Life is too short to entertain that kind of energy.
      Appreciate you πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Diane, what a powerful blog you have created. I believe that we all have our fears, and that it can be tough to confront them. My biggest fear in life was change, so I have remained in my comfortable spot for a while now. But I overcame that fear, and life is so much better for me now, and will continue to get better. I also started to forgive others for their wrongdoings against me, and I started to gain some peace within myself. FACE YOUR FEARS, AND BEAT THEM!!! Thanks again, and I wish you the best of luck with your site!!!

    1. You are very inspirational Ahmed.
      The fact that you are aware of your fears and also overcoming them is empowering!
      You are in essence the message I was trying to send out.
      Thank you so much for your very uplifting comment.
      Love your saying too
      FACE YOUR FEARS, AND BEAT THEM! You are living that saying right now!
      All the best to you too my friend πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  3. Good evening, I can hear the passion and the genuine love you have for life and yourself when you wrote this. Embracing all of one’s self is an incredibly difficult thing to do, especially when there are major traumas of any kind to overcome and accept. I battle with myself and this every day. Thank you for your words and your encouragement!

    1. Hi Lynne.
      Thank you for such kind words. It has been a working progress for over 20 years and still much more to go. I can relate to your words of being very difficult when one has experienced traumas. I’m so sorry to hear of your battle. I know that is exactly how it feels too. I never picked up that vibe when reading your dog treats post. I felt a passion for animals esp Maui πŸ™‚ fun person that loves to experiment and find the easiest and quickest way to do something hehe and kindness in abundance.
      I wish you the very best Lynne and hope that you will find relief for your hurt. You deserve the best that life has to offer!
      Take care πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  4. Amazing post Diane,

    Thanks for sharing your words with us and getting out of your comfort zone! Your post is giving me more inspiriation to become the best version of me! I’m already trying to be positive, because you surround yourself with the people who are just like you. If you are feeling sad on one day, all you probably will see are sad people. Try smiling to random people and i guarantee you, all you will see during the day are people smiling πŸ™‚

    As you say there are a lot of people who can say mean things, they will try to talk you out of something, if you start something new the first thing they will say is are you sure you want to do that and they will tell you 100 reasons why you shouldn’t do that.. The truth is, that is just their fear and sometimes their jealousy speaking, they can’t really help it. If you manage to stay true to yourself here, the resistance to venom, than you know you will be fine and you are on the right path to reach that happy place!

    To quote Rocky Balboa; “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so keep challenging yourself and start living!

    Cheers for sharing and i wish u all the best!

    Kind regards,


    1. What beautiful, postive, strong words, Eelco.Lots of great advice to be heeded.
      Love the saying from Rocky. I think I even remember that scene where he says it hehe or maybe not haha
      I appreciate your commenting, I appreciate your time and I appreciate your encouragement.
      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  5. Great post. And you are so right Diane. It is so important to look out for yourself. Do not let others put doubt in your mind. Go forward and prove the doubters wrong.

    1. Hi Adam.
      Yes you said it,do not let others put doubt in our minds. It happens every day in every way. This is where, taking charge of our own life is so important. Be responsible to ourselves.
      As long as I don’t doubt myself, I be okay πŸ™‚
      Thank you for commenting Adam.
      I appreciate you commenting πŸ™‚


  6. You have got a way with words!
    But there is more: not only are you a talented writer, but also you know how to motivate the others and that definitely comes from doing a lot of successful soul searching.
    You can be proud of what you are today and even prouder of what you can do for other people.
    Your articles can definitely have an impact on many people.

    1. Andrew, what uplifting, powerful words!
      It is comments like this, that show me, my message is received with the intention it was sent.
      I appreciate your words more than you realise. I appreciate you for sharing them.
      Many thanks to you friend.
      Wishing you every success possible πŸ™‚

      1. My pleasure Diane and this reply is to let you know that I will keep coming back for more.
        As far as I am concerned your post did not end when I read its last word, it has been a cause for reflection and moral development.
        I cannot thank you enough.


  7. Hi Diane!

    Yes, we boldly step out in life, sometimes taking that giant leap of faith into the unknown, and we do it with courage. Being courageous gives us a huge advantage in a world full of wonder–a stance in the middle of our destiny.

    Have you ever seen the movie, “Courageous?” It sets the groundwork of living a life of courage through strength and faith, instilling Godly values in our children, and developing a mindset that cannot be shaken.

    I love your post, my dear! It shows the world your unique view on life and shines integrity over all who read it! All the best to you and continued success!

    1. Thank you Erin.
      You have a way with words that reaches the inner being and showers delight πŸ™‚
      I am definitely interested in seeing this movie Courageous!
      Not a TV fan but a good inspiring movie, I’m in!
      Thank you so much for your supportive kind words.
      They are treasured πŸ™‚
      Many thanks to you πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  8. Great article! It is so true you can’t beat yourself up for mistakes you have made in the past, it will eat you up and consume all your time. There are mean people out there that say mean things. I just look at it as they are not happy with themselves so they have to make other people feel bad about themselves. Very informative thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you, Laura.
      Beating ourselves up does nothing for ourselves. Just more hurt and suffering.
      It is time to be gentle on ourselves while we learn and grow more.
      This is the message I want to share.
      Thank you for sharing your comment.
      Much appreciated πŸ™‚
      Wishing you success on your journey.

      Di πŸ™‚

  9. Diane, I really enjoyed reading your article. The message is so right. I believe that if we don’t love ourselves, we won’t be able to love anybody or anything else. We all need to learn to take care of ourselves and learn what makes us happy. So true. Thanks for the encouraging words and well done!

    1. Thank you Will.
      You are right. In loving ourselves, we have more love to give. I am such a believer in you can’t give what you ain’t got.
      I appreciate your kind and encouraging words.
      Wishing you every success on your journey too.
      Much appreciation to you πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  10. Diane
    You have a very therapeutic and motivating website. This is already obvious from the number of replies. Thank you for posting this article. Hopefully, more and more people begin to think like you… So please keep up the good work since this is the kind of work that makes the world better.

    1. Dennis, I am very touched by your words. I am uplifted and encouraged to keep sharing and giving.
      I am very passionate about people truly knowing their true worth. Life’s experiences can make us forget. I desire to see them remember, including myself.
      I appreciate your kindness and encouraging comment.
      Many thanks.

      Di πŸ™‚

  11. Hey Diane, What a great post you have here. You are definitely correct and words are so important. The sad thing is that in this day and age with text messaging and social media I feel like to an extent we’ve lost a bit of understanding how to use words correctly. Great read very powerful words.

    1. Thank you Huy. You do have a good point there regarding words.
      Hopefully under those words there still is an open heart that can receive goodness and heres hoping a new language with uplifting new words.
      Appreciate you and your comment.
      Many thanks πŸ™‚

      Di πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Di,

    Honey badger don’t care! Lol. I love your ideas and your talk about fine-tuning our lives. I think a lot of people see their world in black and white and a very judgmental of themselves and other people. As you say, you never know what someone is going through.

    I had been at my last job for nearly 13 years. I started having serious medical issues and I actually had 3 strokes at 38 yrs old. I didn’t know it at the time, but strokes can have a really serious impact on your emotions and your personality, and I already had a depressive personality to start. After a couple months, people started telling me I wasn’t acting like myself and I was told things that I said that I had no recollection of saying. It was very scary but in the end, even after I apologized to all of my coworkers individually, not one, not even people I considered friends, truly gave me the benefit of the doubt for all I had been through.

    They became hyper-critcal of my work and made me feel like I wasn’t qualified to work at a place I had been successfully working at for 13 years. I ended up getting pushed out of my job when my medical time ran out and now I have to start over. It really hurts, but I after a year I am finally starting to find the courage to believe in myself and my abilities again. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. More like honey badger eat your heart out because Susanne is in the house!lol
      Do you know how incredibly strong you are!
      Do you know that my article is based on people such as yourself! The inner courage it would have taken for you to keep going is short of Divine!
      I hope you can feel the genuiness of my words.
      I am so happy you are beleving in yourself again. That is where our life begins. I am sorry for all you have been through, all the hurt, pain, suffering, abandonment but I tell you what! You are strong and getting stronger every day.
      Because of this experience you will be a lighthouse for many others.
      Keep the faith in yourself my friend.
      You Are Worth it!!!

  13. Why it is also important to be careful with who we surround ourselves with. Some people are so used to accepting these venomous words from others and don’t ever do anything about it which is sad. You may end up reacting to others, in the same manner, you feel these venomous people talk to you. That is where this becomes worse right?

    Thank you for the great post! You are awesome,


    1. Thank you Brandon. Yes you are absolutely right, we do need to be careful who we surround ourself with. It can be so subtle the changes of their negativity and before we know it we behaving the same.
      Great point there.
      Many thanks to you and for sharing your thoughts.
      Much appreciated.

      Di πŸ™‚

  14. Thank you Diane for your uplifting words. Words are so very powerful and we neglect to remember they have the power to build up, or tear down. Self talk … where did those words it come from? Did I intend that message to be in my internal vocabulary? Did venom from my upbringing or surroundings creep into my being? Of course it does, so we have to really work on identifying that false information and rid ourselves of the poison. We can choose to change those words just like you have suggested, it is not easy but worth the effort.
    When I am around others I pay close attention to the words they use, it is very revealing. Reading your words let me know I would love to enjoy your company, so I will do that here.
    I just found your site and I am impressed.
    I just want to be a plus sign, always adding and never a minus taking away.
    Keep it up! I appreciate the time you took to share this with me, it was a plus in my evening.

    All the best,


    1. I love your reply, Doug.
      I write from my own experiences and read great wisdom from many others and work out how to apply that information in my life.
      Letting go of negative plantings that I have nurtured unknowingly, needed to be let go of. I am excited where I am now in my life and working with the courage to explore the space that was once filled with poison.
      Your comment helps me to continue to be courageous and I thank you.
      I love your plus sign, always adding and never a minus, taking away. That would make a great post hehe
      Thank you so much Doug for your encouragement. Truly appreciated.

      Di πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Diane

    This is a great post, it’s a very good read with plenty of information to help others, I love and totally agree with the article regarding the Honey Badger, this is so right we all need to ignore all those hurtful comments and be strong ignore them and fight back.

    I know this post will help so many people out there, your words are amazing.

    Keep up the good work and keep the posts coming.


    1. Chris, thank you for your encouraging comment.
      I’m in awe of the comments my post is receiving. Just a regular person sharing a point of view and a passion.
      I am very grateful and will continue to work towards making a difference.
      I appreciate your words. Thank you.

      Di πŸ™‚

  16. What a heart-warming post. I love your analogy to the honey- badger and other animals as these are visceral reactions we all have since we are all animals. Thanks for sharing and comforting us all.

  17. This is a powerful very inspirational article a must read for all. We tend to beat ourselves up through life and not giving ourselves a break. I absolutely agree about words it’s their thoughts and their words and you should never allow negative words take hold of you.
    I agree be the honey badger and have lots of courage and never back down.
    Thank you so much for this great read,

    1. Hi David. You may end up with 2 comments hehe I don’t know where the first one went.
      I am just sharing my own experience. Life has taught me many lessons and no doubt still more to learn, and if it can help others in anyway, then even better.
      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and I also appreciate you liking my sayings on Google plus πŸ™‚
      You are very supportive and just want you to know its appreciated.
      Thank you
      Di πŸ™‚

  18. Good advice. Very encouraging, and motivating. I like the honey badger analogy. Never give up! It does take courage sometimes to carry on when it seems like only you believe in you. Thanks for sharing. Tom

    1. Yes Tom, if you can carry on, only on your own belief in self, thats doing it honey badger style!!!
      Life is a great journey of discovering and if we can trust in ourselves, things will work out πŸ™‚ not to mention the inner growth that continues to expand.
      I appreciate your commenting Tom.
      Many thanks and every success to you πŸ™‚

  19. Thank you so much for this article Diane I can say I have experienced all that you have shared with us in this post, especially learning to stand up and being courageous enough to be myself regardless of what others are thinking. Thank you for helping me to continue fine-tuning my happy your information is so timely for there are many who go through this experience and having the knowledge you share is value and quality. Thank you.

    1. I appreciate your kind words Michelle.
      My whole intention is to uplift.
      I am happy you found value in my post.
      Many thanks to you πŸ™‚
      Every success to you as you travel this amazing thing we call Life πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you for this very inspiring and empowering posts. Your right we need to embrace all of life, seek adventure and get out of our comfort zone. Thank you for these wonderful words of wisdom.

  21. Fantastic article and thank you, because this really does help people. It is important to be you, no matter what and stand back up again. This is so true, as well as telling ourselves that we are doing well . Honey badgers are strong creatures, amazing that they can get back up again 2 hours later after getting venom from a snake.

    1. Thank you, Eden. I appreciate your wonderful comment. Yes the honey badger is pretty amazing in so many ways. Thank you again for taking the time to read this post.
      Many thanks πŸ™‚

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