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Just 20 Seconds of Insane Courage – What Could You Accomplish?

Friday, June 15th, 2012


A couple weeks ago, we were having family movie night and rented We Bought a Zoo, a funny and poignant movie based on a true story. Many things made that movie great, but there was one line – “sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you something great will come of it.”

As I reflected on this statement, I thought about my son getting the courage to ask the girl he liked to be his girlfriend and quit waiting for the perfect time – and yes, we forced him to ask her that following Monday after watching the movie. I also thought about my daughter, and how this little spitfire will make a definite impact on this world, but even she has moments of fright where she won’t let herself shine – so we will be working on that through theater because she is our super star.

And of course, I thought about myself – and how it was those 20 seconds every now and then that I have that unbelievable courage to do something extremely brave. I definitely have those moments, and when I reflect on those, many of them were life-changing for me.

According to my math (which let me tell you I’m no mathematician), there are 4320 20 second periods in one 24 hour period – and if we just took one of them every single day, that would be 364 times of doing something insane courageous. Wow, just think about it! What could we accomplish?

So, as I look forward to the second part of 2012, I will keep that line in mind and make some amazing strides in my life, both personally and professionally.

What about you? What is on your plate that will take some insane courage? And as the movie says, if we would just do it, something great will come of it.

Serina Kelly

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