What Puts the “Ape” in Apricot?

“Cowardly Lion: Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?

Dorothy, Scarecrow, The Tin Man: Courage!

Cowardly Lion: You can say that again! “*

Like the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz, it is possible for us to find our courage. We are naturally courageous beings but sometimes giving up on ourselves is easier than finding the courage to shine with our best and brightest light.

Courage is the ability to confront fear and move forward in spite of it.  Courage is to face pain, hardship, death or our own mortality with grace and acceptance.

We often find it easier to be courageous for others. People rarely give up on their spouses, their children, or their friends, but the courage to face ourselves and say “I’m not quitting you” is a challenge for many.

Why is it so hard to find the courage to be our true selves? What does that mean? We are afraid of the future and we dwell with regret upon the past.

What would life be like if we could let go of the fear of being happy? Being happy is easy. Letting go of our fear is not. Remember the Cowardly Lion and be courageous for yourself today!

Live life the way you could, not the way you should

-Shelley Timoffee

* The Wizard of Oz ,1939