Bona Fide: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 01


Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
Designed for

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. I embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who I am. As I embrace Life as my Self, I come to understand Life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.


At first, I wondered what relevance this Guiding Thought has to courage. Then I realized: Embracing life takes courageTrusting Life takes courage. And, not just that: Self-discovery takes courage.

The courage of self-discovery comes first. It has to. Life will not reveal itself to the one who approaches It inauthentically, insincerely, or tritely. The first responsibility that we have is to figure out who we are, authentically. Only then can we give something real to Life.

Life can only give to us what we first give to It. Garbage in, garbage out; bona fide in, bona fide out.

Bona fide means in good faith. Bring yourself to life in good faith. Life does not ask for perfection, just good faith in being real.

What is being real? It is letting go of the drama that burdens and embracing an attitude of release; cultivating creative, constructive habits and relationships; recognizing patterns that are no longer relevant to who we are, or who we are becoming; feeling emotions, without them dominating and overwhelming.

It’s only after we can begin to embrace ourselves, our own personality, thought-forms, beliefs, and sift through what serves our highest vision of who we are, that Life can see our sincerity in wanting to live our highest vision. That is when Life can give us more. Life will return to us, the highest vision that we can stand, that resonates with what we are able to see and recognize and receive.

Then, we take what life gives us, and do it again! Sift through the dross, the dregs, the muck, release more drama! Cultivate deeper relationships! Create better habits! Then life takes all that and responds at a new level, giving even more.

This is the process of self-discovery. Life is constantly moving, as are you. Give to life now what you want out of it. Be rewarded with Life.


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