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Children, Community, and Courage

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Courage and Parenting Series, Part 1

By Christine Staub, M.D.

It takes courage to raise a child.

Parenting requires the Courage to be Vulnerable, to Love unconditionally. Consciously forging into parenting with expectations of great joy, while staying open to grief and pain, is a parenting reality.

Choosing to bring a child into the world today is an act of faith in humanity's future. | theactsofcourage.com

Raising a young person well is perhaps the most important task humans engage in. Prospective parents are saying “yes” to the unknown, the unexpected, even the unwanted. This may not be a welcome message, yet now that I am the mother of three and grandparent of two, I wish I could have used some of the parenting wisdom I gained over the years back when I needed it most.

I can safely say that everything I’ve learned about being an honorable human being and a warrior of Spirit has been forged in the fire of my relationships with my son and two daughters.  I’ve had to access many different acts of courage to help me be the best parent possible. Heaven knows!  I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way.

That’s the part of parenting that requires having the Courage to Learn and Grow.

In fact, although at age 30 I was a relatively older first-time parent, I didn’t feel fully adult until I was in my mid-40’s.  I thank the lessons my children taught me, and still teach me, for most of that.

It takes community to raise a child.

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The Acts of Courage Movie Club - Dunkirk

The Acts of Courage Movie Club – Dunkirk

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About the Acts of Courage Movie Club: Movies  have the ability to transplant us into someone else’s story so that we might see the world as they do. This not only helps us relate to  people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, but helps us understand ourselves better. Great movies connect us with the truth of who we are and the world in which we live, while simultaneously awakening our imagination to new possibilities.

The Acts of Courage Movie Club is a collection of movies we found to be particularly insightful in how we act – and don’t act – with courage. Just like a good book club, we’ve compiled a list of thought provoking questions designed to fuel conversation and further your own introspection.

So grab the remote and a bucket of popcorn and join us as we explore the ways courage permeates our world through the artistry of a really good flick.

Dunkirk is a Powerful Exploration of Leadership and Why a Title is Not Enough.

Dunkirk

Acts of Courage Co-Founder Christine Staub recently wrote a beautiful blog post about the impact the movie Dunkirk had on her and her thoughts about what makes a leader.

“In times of war, not all leaders wear uniforms, and not all those in uniform act like leaders. This message is beautifully portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk.  Using sparse dialogue, evocative music and carefully selected imagery, Nolan recounts the almost miraculous World War II evacuation of over 330,000 allied soldiers trapped by the advancing Germans on France’s North Shore.”

You can read Christine’s post about Dunkirk here.

Dunkirk offers powerful illustrations of courage – and the lack thereof – in a tremendously wide range of characters.

As you watch, here are some questions for thought and discussion:

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The Courage to be Your Best Self, Interview with Luc Goulet | theactsofcourage.com

The Courage to be Your Best Self

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A Conversation About Courage and the Power of Positive Evolution

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Last week Dusty Staub, author of The 7 Acts of Courage, sat down with Luc Goulet, MDA, to talk about the power of positive evolution and what it means to have the courage to be your best self.

Luc is an International Speaker, Peak Performance Coach, and Author of The Big Bang Project: Creating Humanities Best Case Scenario and Leverage Your Mind: The Next Phase in Self-Empowerment.

Find out more about Luc and The Big Bang Project: thebigbangproject.com

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Luc. Before we get started, would you tell our readers a bit about you and what you do for a living? 

Luc: Thanks for having me, Dusty. I am an author, a speaker and Peak Performance Coach for athletes and businesses.  Historically, I come from the retail business.  My family and I created a business whereby, by the age of 33, I was able to be financially independent.  Then I went into real estate and created a successful portfolio.

Now with that background, I have stepped into following my heart and that is helping others to realize the fullness of their potential and power.  This has led me to what I do today.

Dusty: What is your relationship to Courage?

Luc: This goes back quite a ways.  When I was young, I suffered from stuttering.  It took courage for me to live with that, as there were bullies and people laughing at me and it was horribly painful.

However, at the age of fourteen my mom gave me a book on self-hypnosis.  That book allowed me to tap into my unconscious mind and to free up my potential.  In 90 days I cured the stuttering and actually began speaking to groups.

Courage was required for all of this.  The courage to deal with my poor self-image and then the courage to dream that it could be better, which gave me the courage to learn and grow, to try out the self-hypnosis and to make a dramatic change.

The Courage to be Your Best Self, Interview with Luc Goulet | theactsofcourage.com

Courage, for me, is a word with a lot of meaning.  Courage means two things for me: heart (passion, openness) and balls (taking the key risks to act and to step out of the comfort zone).

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The power within us | theactsofcourage.com

The Power Within Us

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A Conversation About Courage and the Wisdom of Our Hearts

Theresa Nicassio, PhD | theactsofcourage.com

Last week Dusty Staub, author of The 7 Acts of Courage, sat down with Theresa Nicassio, PhD, to talk about courage and the power of living from your heart.

Theresa is a Registered Psychologist, Healer, Radio Talk Show Host, and Author of YUM: Plant-Based Recipes for a Gluten Free Diet. She is also the “World’s nicest badass.” 

Find out more about Theresa on her website: TheresaNicassio.com

This is their conversation…

Dusty: Thank you so much for talking with me today Theresa. Before we get started, would you tell our readers a bit about you and what you do for a living? 

Theresa: Thank you so much for inviting me! I work as a psychologist and a healer.  I believe that psychology is about helping at the soul level, which for me an energetic place. I am more of a light being – carrying this physical body that is manifesting in service associated with love.  Who I am, really, is a kindness advocate, working to bring as much joy to those around me as possible.

We all have different perceptions about what it means to be human, and about health and healing. But our Ego can distort our perception and cause us to fee confused. Unfortunately, Ego creates a barrier to being healed and to feeling whole.  It’s paradoxical since the soul is so strong, and yet at the same time is also so tender.

What I do in my work is hold space for my clients with as much love as I can to help the wisdom within them and the moment to emerge.

Courage and the wisdom of our heart | theactsofcourage.com

When I was a child I was obsessed with the Holocaust and the plight of those whose ancestors were slaves. The horrific events drew me early in my life.  Yet, it wasn’t the terrible suffering that fascinated me, it was being in such awe of the strength of the human spirit that they so courageously exemplified.

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Daily Acts of Courage | theactsofcourage.com

Daily Acts of Courage

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Developing the Cardiovascular System of the Soul

The following is a transcription of a TEDx talk Robert “Dusty” Staub gave in Wilmington, Delaware in October of 2016.

In the talk, Dusty outlines the 7 daily Acts of Courage that, when performed seriously, can free people of their most troubling lacks. Dusty tells the story of how he lived these Acts of Courage in his relationship with his father (to whom, in youth, he had built a wall of resistance founded in fear of disappointment), and not only achieved the relationship he dreamed of, but became the man he wanted to be.

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Courage to face your fear. | theactsofcourage.com

Why Courage?

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Where Your Courage Stops Is Where YOU Stop

If you are to claim the best life possible, you will need to be able to access and exercise courage as long as you live. Where your courage stops is where your effectiveness stops; where your courage stops is where your power stops; where your courage stops is where you stop.

The word courage has its root in the Latin cor, heart. Finding and accessing courage is when you have awakened to the deeper strengths and character of your heart of hearts, the seat of  your innermost feelings.

Courage, dear heart. - C.S. Lewis | theactsofcourage.com

Why is courage so essential to living fully, completely and wholeheartedly?

What does courage have to do with your day-to-day life?

Why would you wish to be able to access different forms or acts of courage in your work place and at home?

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What makes a leader? | theactsofcourage.com

What makes a Leader?

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And why a leadership title is not enough.

In times of war, not all leaders wear uniforms, and not all those in uniform act like leaders.

This message is beautifully portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk.  Using sparse dialogue, evocative music and carefully selected imagery, Nolan recounts the almost miraculous World War II evacuation of over 330,000 allied soldiers trapped by the advancing Germans on France’s North Shore.

Safety is practically in view across the Channel, yet the large navy carrier ships are easy targets for German submarines and fighter pilots. As a result, the successful rescue operation depends heavily on a flotilla of 700 private little ships, many piloted and staffed by civilians.

Dunkirk

Now, I am not one for war movies as a rule. I received wise counsel, however, to watch Dunkirk with two motives in mind.   The first, to notice when and how fear arose, and the second, to catch leadership in action.

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Win a Copy of The 7 Acts of Courage

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Win a Copy of the Book that Started the Movement.

For more than thirty years now I have been writing, talking, coaching, and consulting on the need for organizations, communities, families, and individuals to develop the courage to live and lead more wholeheartedly.

That theme takes on an increased urgency with the horrific events that have occurred recently around the world. As we move forward, we will need more not less courage, as well as more wholehearted leadership.

All of us, no matter where we live, are challenged to find the courage to not only see the starkness of current reality, but also to have the courage to dream of a better world and act on that dream.

Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi | theactsofcourage.com

The 7 Acts of Courage provides illuminating stories on the efficacy of courage in arenas ranging from the deeply personal to family life to organizations and society. It also offers clear, practical guidelines and exercises to help you develop your Courage Quotient Index (CQI). Take it to heart and you will find yourself living and leading more wholeheartedly.

If this sounds like a book that might have a positive impact on your life right now, enter to win a free copy!

Here’s how to win a copy of The 7 Acts of Courage:

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