Practicing the Art of Courage

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Source: Fierce | Published: September 14, 2016

A martial arts sensei said, “You are always practicing something. The question is - What are you practicing?”
In Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, written during his year in a one-room cabin, is this evocative quote: “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” He was talking about all the possessions we buy that end up owning us, keeping us awake at night. Amen to that.
Now, let’s substitute the word “practice” for “thing.”
The cost of a practice is the amount of what I will call life that must be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.