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  1. Nannette

    I think I fall short in this question. I am traveling with my husband for the next few winter months…all I require is to continue living life…Sometimes that does take a great deal of courage…but thank the Supreme Being…we just move on….and at present – although we both have issues to work on…all is good. I am thankful.

    4 months ago
  2. O.Christina

    To face creativity and the meandering of the flow instead of my often chosen perspective of right and wrong while staying centered as much as possible.

    4 months ago
  3. Robin Ann

    Headed to Florida for a few days early Friday Morning. I really don’t like travelling alone but I have and will. My daughter needs me. She is having heart surgery Fri afternoon. I’ve got this and have courage and strength within me to handle it as a Mom and always have!! Prayers appreciated, this came as a huge shock today

    4 months ago
    1. Nannette

      Robin Ann, Prayers for a safe journey and prayers to guide the surgeons and nurses who are caring for your daughter. God Bless.

      4 months ago
      1. Robin Ann

        Thank you Nannette! Very appreciated.

        4 months ago
    2. Yram

      Prayers have no boundaries! Many prayers and safe travels.

      4 months ago
      1. Robin Ann

        Thank you Yram!

        4 months ago
    3. Michele

      If you don’t mind me asking Robin Ann, what part of FL? Save travels to you.

      4 months ago
      1. Robin Ann

        Thank you Michele!

        4 months ago
      2. Robin Ann

        She is in Delray Beach, what area are you. I think you might have mentioned it in the past but I forgot.

        4 months ago
        1. Michele

          I’m on the other side, Tampa Bay area.

          4 months ago
    4. Anna

      Of course dear Ann, my prayers are for you right now.

      4 months ago
      1. Robin Ann

        Thank you Anna

        4 months ago
  4. Dolores Kazanjian

    It seems like a small thing compared with what others have posted, but I got up early and dressed and went for a blood test, even though I had prewarned my doctor that we might have to skip it this time. I am wiped out right now, but I’m glad I pushed through.

    4 months ago
    1. Yram

      That is not a big thing. A gold star in my books.

      4 months ago
  5. orozcoj13

    One of the things I have done recently that required courage was accepting in myself that it’s ok to be where I am at and fall short of my expectations for myself. This also came with another level of courage resulting in needing to ask for help and allowing pride to humble. I guess courage is the first step in the process of vulnerability.

    4 months ago
    1. Avril

      It requires courage to be vulnerable.

      4 months ago
  6. A
    Agustina Beccar Varela

    I have started to plan my year with new projects!

    4 months ago
  7. Emmaleah

    I decided to take a chance and start a family farm. I’m still working two other jobs, but I’m hoping that one day, I can start an outdoor after school program at the farm. I’m following my dreams and it’s a big leap of faith for me.

    4 months ago
    1. Avril

      Awesome

      4 months ago
  8. Barb C

    I said yes to a temporary promotion to a higher role in my agency while they’re searching for the permanent replacement. It isn’t a position I’d want to fill so I’m not getting an insider advantage; it’s a learning opportunity and a signal that agency leadership has confidence in me. It starts next Monday and runs through the next four weeks. I’ll be in our executive leadership team during the legislative session; I’m skilled in that kind of policy work generally (lots of experience) but haven’t been close to all our issues that will play out, and many are significant ones on topics I don’t work with in my current position (things like complying with a US Supreme Court decision). Good time to remember I have two ears and one mouth.

    4 months ago
    1. lasvistasjeanne

      two ears and one mouth – always a hard lesson for me! 🙂

      4 months ago
  9. Carol

    I read a piece this morning by UU minister Aamanda Poppei which gifted me with the best definition of courage I have ever heard. In it, she asks, “What can you do only if you are willing to fail?” I have never been good at taking chances because my fear of failure is monumental, unrealistic and crippling. It’s the feeling of being the hole in the donut. Performance not process has ruled my life but often even though failure has nurtured my ability to grow, I still feel panic when I make a new commitment. As a person who struggles with deep seated anxiety, I struggle to attempt anything new. I’ve signed up for the gratefulness small group facilitator training that begins in mid-February. For me, even though I have facilitated small groups in the past when my health was better, it is taking courage and I am in the compulsive doubting stage right now. I know that compulsive doubting is part of my process, so I am doing my best to just watch it and not become it!

    4 months ago
    1. Yram

      I hope to be at least a coleader if not a facilitator. We can do this together.

      4 months ago
    2. Betsy Rodman / Grateful Living

      Carol,

      We are delighted that you are being courageous and joining us for the Grateful Gatherings Host Training! We will be here to support you, and we are lucky to have you. Thank you for all of your contributions to our Grateful Living “family” – we are grateful for your presence. Looking forward to connecting further in February! 🙏😊

      4 months ago
      1. Carol

        Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Betsy

        4 months ago
  10. Yram

    For me getting on the freeway takes courage.
    I accompany my husband to most medical appointments. It take all my courage to listen fully and openingly without getting anxious.

    4 months ago
    1. Carol

      YRAM, I, too, prefer to avoid the freeways!

      4 months ago
  11. Charlie T

    I show up when friends are in need.
    I express myself in writing. I reach out
    to friends, even when they don’t always
    respond. I start another day without
    getting high. I start another work project.
    I say yes, when I so badly want to say no.

    4 months ago
    1. Nannette

      Charlie, I admire your courage and your resolve to keep on saying yes…and starting your day as you…not high. Being you is enough. Blessings to you!!!

      4 months ago
  12. Carla

    I needed to admit there were some frayed threads in my emotional landscape of how I view and walk through daily life that needed professional assistance (therapy) to mend them. Tearing up at a clothing store as I found a dress with a plaid material I recognized as one my mother had years ago, followed by the cashier’s name tag matching my deceased brother’s name cinched it. These tears were more than loss and grief. Wisdom led me to not buy the dress. It was a little tight. Yes, I made some calls and the provider who does EMDR has openings beginning late Febr. When the student is ready, a teacher appears, still holds true. Courage is Raising my hand, asking the question, “will you help me?” Grateful her answer was yes.

    4 months ago
    1. Carol

      Yes, “courage is raising my hand, asking the question, “Will you help me?” May your courage and newly found relationship with the counselor help to mend your relationship with self.

      4 months ago
  13. Mary Mantei

    Challenged a friend regarding her future plans, influenced by others, that she knows may not be in her best interest, and she wants to be a player in the situation. And that is all I am going to say to her about it, unless she brings it up.😉

    4 months ago
  14. Michele

    I have to have courage to help my dad while my step-mother,Pat, moves along with her brain and kidney cancer dx.

    4 months ago
  15. Joseph McCann

    Dealing with the American Health Care Industrial Complex, as I call it. I am not drawing my Social Security benefits yet, but I did sign up for Medicare and an advantage plan, so it was in place at age 65. I pay for my monthly premiums. Everything worked well the complete fist year. So far this year it has not. Nothing changed and claims were being denied. No new providers or increase in annual visits. What takes courage is the fact that the insured must be the one to contact both the biller and the billed to find what is the snafu. So, a person gets to be the mediator for human error and if you do not put up with the B.S. of their bureaucracy the entire bill will be sent to you and possibly to collections. No knight in shining armor slaying dragons. Just an older man on hold listening to cheesy music.

    4 months ago
    1. O.Christina

      Following heart´s impulse, I would kindly ask forgiveness for the one(s), may all turn out to the welfare of the ones concerned.

      4 months ago
    2. Don Jones

      I increasingly feel that corporations are one of the worst creations of humanity. In this age, they seem to be fueled by greed, self-importance and lust for power. The day they change from self-serving to serving humanity will be a great day.

      4 months ago
    3. Carol

      Joseph, dealing with some of that myself since 2024 rolled around. It is frustrating to say the least.

      4 months ago
    4. Barb C

      Your last line made me laugh, Joseph! Good luck penetrating the bureaucracy (a line from “The Incredibles”, which is a fun family movie if you’ve never seen it).

      4 months ago
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