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5 May, 1999 - Courage & Triumph

Inner Mind Update is currently a free newsletter, published bimonthly by Sharon & Clark Cameron to support your benefiting from the Releasing Strategy which is part of The Cameron Method. We focus on key developments and challenges of the mind, current affairs and life itself. The Cameron Method is available in software, cassette tapes, a book and personal counseling. For more information, see .

What would you be willing to sacrifice everything for? Giving your life is the ultimate sacrifice. What would even be worth that?

There has been a lot of talk recently, stimulated by the Kosovo NATO action, about what would be worth fighting for, or more specifically, what would be worth having a soldier from our country killed?

There has been a flip side of this brought up by the school shooting by the two teens in Littleton, Colo. They were said to have valued life so little that they were shooting schoolmates as if they were game targets. They took their own lives as they probably expected they would have to do to avoid being captured.

On the one side, many people are crying out that nothing is worth risking a life for. On the other side, there is the belief that there is nothing worth living for.

A young soldier going to Kosovo was interviewed recently on Public Radio, and the interviewer asked the soldier how he felt about possibly having to give his life in the conflict. She finally asked outright if he was willing to and why.

He replied that yes, he would give his life (though he didn't like the idea). He would do this first for his unit--and he mentioned immediately that all in his unit would do the same for him.

And next, he said, he would give his life to protect unarmed, innocent people. So he had his mission clear and he reflected excellent intelligence, training, courage and honor. I was proud of the soldiers he represented and our country.

Another interesting mention of courage was in the recent series of four movies, based on the celebrated novels about a British naval officer, Horatio Hornblower, during the Napoleonic wars in the early nineteenth century.

In the last movie, titled "The Wrong War", the captain mentor of Hornblower made a statement to sum up the life of an officer in the British navy in the days of the great sailing ships.

He said, "In His Majesty's Navy we have entered into a life of adventure and adversity--but most of all of duty--to our king, our country, and most of all to our men."

It seems that courage fits nicely into a structure of duty. If your mind can focus upon a rationale of service that fits the effort needed, then courage comes naturally. And if you are in conflict over what you are about, courage will be muted, diffused and fear will reign.

What fear is running in your life holding you back from accomplishing what you want? What is keeping you from the satisfaction of a life of commitment to your ideals?

Let's use the Releasing Strategy described in the book Designing Your Heart's Desire here too. Repeat each statement until you can say it easily.

Have a great day,

Sharon and Clark Cameron

The Cameron Group
Helping People Create Attitudes That Work For Them
"Attitude makes all the difference!"

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