When I think of Malichai, the hero in Lethal Game, I think of his courage. He had a particular fear. A real fear he had to face. Then, he had to decide how much that fear controlled him.
Sometimes we pay a price for our fears. Sometimes we have to deal with those fears being as bad as we imagined. You may think you can’t conquer your fear, but people are resilient. And if you have courage, you face your fear whether you feel you’ll conquer it or not.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandela
Lethal Game, to me, is a story of courage. Malichai faces his own fears, but so does Amaryllis, our heroine. She’s running from something terrifying, but she’s needed where she is. Do you stay or do you go? Fight or flight? Then, the two meet and there’s off the charts chemistry. Is love, or the promise of love, enough to make you want to overcome your fears?
“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision,” – Sir Winston Churchill
Even as they work together they are faced with the challenges of their fears. But, having someone strong at your side allows you to lean into that strength and face your fears head-on in a way you could never have imagined before.
Courage manifests in different ways for different people. Whether it’s a fear of heights, a fear of spiders, a fear of dying or a fear of living, they are require courage to move beyond that fear. Perhaps that’s just to take a step, move beyond the place you thought would be outside your comfort zone. Maybe it’s something even bigger. Malichai and Amaryllis are examples of what I feel courage is. I hope you’ll enjoy their story.
What is your favorite quote about courage and personal strength?