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I am also giving away a free electronic copy of Highland Solution to a randomly selected reader who leaves a comment on my blog between February 9th and midnight on February 14th. If the winner already has a copy of Highland Solution, that person will receive a copy of Highland Courage on its release day instead.
I have been featuring a “Month of Courage” on my blog in anticipation of the March 3rd release of Highland Courage, the second book in my series of medieval Highland romances. Acts of courage can be bold and heroic, like rescuing someone from a burning building. But often courage simply involves overcoming a fear. Highland Courage tells the story of Mairead Mackenzie who must learn to overcome her fears with the help of the man who loves her.
Sometimes courage simply involves taking the first step.
Don’t be fall’n in love as she’s walking away when your heart won’t tell your mind to tell your mouth what it should say.
-Zac Brown Band – As She’s Walking Away Lyrics
You are at a middle school dance…a high school dance…a honkytonk…a nightclub…the venue doesn’t matter; there are members of the opposite sex and music. You want to dance. More specifically, you want to dance with a certain someone. Perhaps he or she is an old friend or even someone you have never met. All you need to do is approach that person and ask “Do you wanna dance with me?”
That shouldn’t be so hard, but we all know it is. All of our doubts and insecurities creep in. What if she turns to her friends and laughs? What if he says no? What if I trip and fall on my face walking across the room? What if–? You fill in the blank; I’m sure it is easy to do because the “what ifs” are endless.
It takes courage to put aside all of those embarrassing things that might happen and ask anyway. The fact is, no one has ever died of embarrassment and while it can be instantly painful, embarrassment fades over time. Usually when we are worried about those painful “what ifs” we forget about the wonderful “what ifs. What if he is trying to find the courage to ask me to dance too. What if she turns out to be my soul mate. We usually only remember these possibilities after it is too late–after “she’s walking away.” We have saved ourselves from the risk of temporary embarrassment only to be left with regrets. Sadly, regrets often linger and become more bitter over the years. As the Zac Brown song goes on to say:
Don’t you let regret take place of the dreams you have to chase, ask her to dance…Go on son you might fall down on your face, roll the dice and have some faith”
So, have courage my friend! Whether you want a dance, or a date, or a partner for life, don’t let the opportunity pass. Gird your loins and summon up the courage to ask.
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Angela Kay Austin