Greetings my friends,
Here is a poem I found about courage:
It Takes Courage
It takes strength to be firm, it takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to conquer, it takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain, it takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in, it takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain, it takes courage to feel your own pain.
It takes strength to endure abuse, it takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone, it takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love, it takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive, it takes courage to live.
There are many times throughout our lives where courage is needed. Like the time as a child you crawled/walked for the first time. If we could remember this memory I am pretty sure that might have been a scary time for us. It took courage to take that first step.
And as a young child going to Kindergarten for the first time. I have very vivid memories of this! At the time we lived in a small city and we walked to school. My very best friend at the time (Andy) lived a few houses down from us and we were the same age. I can remember as if it happened yesterday; the anxious feeling of starting school and walking. We had our lunches packed and off we went. Little did know that both our Mom’s were trailing along not far behind to make sure we made it safely. It took courage to take that first step.
I’m sure that the word courage might mean doing something only other people will do, not you. Skydiving comes to mind. No thanks! No really, no thanks! But it means something different to everyone. To one, courage may mean being able to do public speaking, to another it may mean just being able to get out of bed. All these different levels of courage are important. Everyone is different, right?
I think the poem above really sums it up well. We need STRENGTH to have the COURAGE. No matter what it is. Growing up you needed courage to confront the kid that bullied you and caused you to break out in hives on the school bus because you were so nervous and upset. The courage to be different in a sea of other kids who are all struggling with the same issues. Perhaps you wore something as a teenager that you knew would different. That takes courage!
I always wished I had the courage like my parents to be Ministers of Music at a Church when I was growing up. They were in charge of all the music and had to really put themselves out there. I guess that is what they majored in in College, but still takes courage. Singing a solo or playing an instrument in front of a crowd takes courage. I remember as a little girl playing piano in a recital and how my heart would feel like it was going to burst out of my chest. But as I went along I actually got lost in my playing and forgot there were people there until I stood up and faced them. Then I was really glad it was over.
As adults we need to have courage as well. A young family buying their first home takes courage. It is scary buying something of that value for the first time. Starting a family takes courage. Will I be a good parent? Will I know how to handle all phases of my child’s life? As we function in our daily lives at work, or working our home based businesses we need courage. What if I fail? What if I don’t get along with my boss?
So as we go about our days, let’s all remember that everyone is trying their best – working up the courage to do *something* – whatever that might be. Another saying I always liked:
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
What kinds of things do you need to find the courage to do?