Things to Embrace (and Let Go) If You Want to Be Brave

By Laura Thomas
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Laura is a writer, performer, mindfulness instructor, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and some days, a fairy princess. After the tragic loss of her older brother in 2011, Laura decided the one guideline she’d use to orient the rest of her life was this: Life is short. Only do things that make the world a more compassionate place.
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Glenda
Glenda

This had a lot of good advice and some was exactly what I needed to hear.
I am going to do all I can to remember these words. The part about negative relationships having to be let go really gave me strength to stick to my choices about some people in my life. I feel more confident in my decisions to seek more positive people and things in my life. I needed this. This made me stronger!

Frances Downey
Frances Downey

Thanks Laura. I so needed these words today. Very inspiring and you made me feel that a decision I recently made, and the words I put out to the universe were the right move on my path to self. I lost my brother in 1997 and think about him every day, and also live my life as you do. It is so short and goes by so fast. Thank you and I look forward to more of your insight and wisdom and wonderful words.

Marianna Powers
Marianna Powers

What a great topic! I really needed to hear those words. So often, I don’t stand up for myself because I’m afraid of being judged or belittled for taking a stand. For me, just saying that I disagree with someone, I feel, lays myself open to ridicule. I am trying to stand up for my beliefs without being confrontational. My feelings are important.

Ana
Ana

I am in tears right now because I think I have to be brave and say no to my sister today. I keep saying yes because I am afraid of what she will think and in particular I am afraid of how my gossipy aunts will have a field day with this one. Thanks for reminding me why I kept saying yes – fear of judgement. Time to put it aside.

Kira
Kira

This was absolutely inspiring, especially to someone who has lost friends in the past due to standing up for others. I always felt guilty thinking about how maybe what I did was the wrong thing but this reaffirmed and encouraged me to do so in the future.

Cindy
Cindy

I went through a life changing situation a few years back and was so scared of what people would think of my decision. As predicted, I lost many friends (were they really my friends?) but it was the best decision I could have made and I am very happy and more confident because of it. What I found happened was that I taught my daughter it’s ok to stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

deann
deann

Thank you Laura!!

Aru Tsukai
Aru Tsukai

Thank you very much. That was wonderful.

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