DSC_0693Being bold, daring and confident; breaking from the norm

Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.  Publilius Syrus

Tact in audacity is knowing how far you can go without going too far. Jean Cocteau

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. John Dewey

Audacity is a neat word. Is audaciousness a good thing? This word is not used to describe normal people. The rank and file march to the beat of a different drummer than the person who marches to the sound of audaciousness. Is audacity a good or bad trait; does it possibly depend upon the person and circumstances?

The majority of us are not likely to be experienced in audacity. We do not stand out from the crowd, we blend in. We do not make waves, are a card-carrying member of normal and right in the center of the bell curve distribution of personality traits. We are basically like everyone else. Is it good or bad to be a normal person?

Being different and being audacious can go hand in hand and can be a good thing. Einstein’s definition of insanity stated that if we do the same things over and over again expecting things to be different we are insane. Many of us get caught in a rut, get bored, complacent, and even depressed. We seem to be spinning our wheels; not going anywhere. We are like a dog chasing its tail, or a hamster in the cage going round and round but never going anywhere. We get stuck in the huge, colossal, traffic jam on the interstate of life; bogged down, idling, wasting gas, at a dead stop, and going along with most everyone else, going nowhere!

There once was a TV commercial that pictured a man stuck in a huge traffic jam. He had the audacity to turn his steering wheel away from the traffic jam, as he did, a new road magically appeared and off he went driving (marching) to the beat of a new and different drummer. This is a wonderful illustration of the concept of audacity. People who have audacity are people who dare to be different. They step out, step forward, leave the pack, and want something new and different. They tend to leave everyone else lagging back.

Most of us could use a little audacity. There can be a fine line between audacity, arrogance, selfishness, and other undesirable traits. As long as we do not step on or take advantage of others, being a little audacious can be good. If we do not have the audacity to step away we are likely to continue being struck in the traffic jam.

Challenge: Have the audacity to step forward. Be bold and daring, challenge yourself; climb out of your rut. Take on a new task, be willing to take a risk; march to the beat of a new drummer. If you never do anything any different, you are stuck where you are. Go forward; take on life with some audacity. You will have new personal growth; along with the trials, tribulations, falling down, getting back up, and have more successes and victories.

Wisdom: The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor. Christian N Bovee   

Spiritual: (NIV)

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

There are biblical examples of audacity; those that stepped away from the crowd: the Disciples, David, Paul, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha are but a few. They dared to be different, took on formidable tasks, and changed their lives forever. These characters bounced back from adversity, weak moments and tremendous challenges. They allowed God to touch them and empower them. Some of us need some spiritually inspired audacity in our life?

Prayer: Help me to have the audacity to step away from worldly pursuits to become what You want me to be.



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