Every so often, I come across words that resonate deeply with me, with my particular circumstance at a particular time.

This post by Michael Tate is the most recent. Via Mia Jane.

My summary below - though I strongly urge you to read the entire original post:

It is extremely difficult to maintain courage ?under fire?, particularly in maintaining inner-strength, character, fortitude, and the clarity of your ?dream? beneath a consistent and prolonged attack of what can feel like a ?you against the world? scenario.

What happens to the dreamers of big dreams?

Whatever happened to fulfilling what quietly lives in your heart?

Have you become so tired, so jaded, and so mediocre you?ve convinced yourself your dreams were simple minded ideas of a younger more naive you?

Have you stripped yourself bare of all your promise and power? Are you now simply quietly and cynically drifting through life waiting to fade away, convinced genuine success and joy is the luxury of others?

It?s absolutely true the gutter is full of failed genius. Yet did these people truly fail because ?that?s the way it?s meant to be?, or did they fall under the weight of their own self-imposed beliefs and barriers?

Did they simply lack the strength of action and courage to fulfill their inner dreams and desires?

Helen Keller wrote: ?Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.?

If you are going to allow fear to win the war for your life you will lose, and your dreams will die with you.

Dream what you dream; live where you want to live; be who you want to be. Get rich, go broke, and do it all over again ... Enjoy your madness and embrace your genius, because a life lived less than genuinely is a mere facade, and then not you.