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It depends on how I’m defining courage. I haven’t put myself in danger, defending someone in a long time. And I certainly haven’t put myself at risk defending my principles or country. I have been able to face my internal fears though. Turns out, that when I face these fears, they mostly melt away and I’m left wondering why I was so afraid for so long. Recently, I was able to speak in front of a group of people and remain calm and in control. Nothing big, just a heart felt thank you. It felt so good to be able to do this. While looking up the definition of courage, I came across this article.
Acknowledge that it was time to say goodbye to my dear little kitty. She was 18 years old and very poorly. It was not right to just keep her going by giving her steroids. She passed away very peacefully in my arms after a euthanising injection. At the time my heart felt broken into pieces but it is recovering.
I’m so sorry Butterfly. I also have been through this, about a year ago with my 18yr old cat Johnny. I’m glad you were able to be there and provide comfort.
I am currently exploring the relationship between courage and the heart and not sure if I fully understand the definition of courage. I have done or said things that needed to be done that were challenging on a relative scale from easy to hard but were these things just reactions and not courage, if the heart was closed?
John — your reflection reminded me of this short essay by David Whyte on courage. I figured I’d share it here if it interests you: https://grateful.org/resource/courage-david-whyte/
I can’t think of any thing I’ve done recently that required courage but over the last 3 years, several things come to mind that required acceptance. Most of them related to my health.
Agreeing to having this preemptive surgery. It is a big surgery to have with the concept of preventing problems for the future verses solving problems that you are already having and want to end. Interesting how it ties in with the word of the day. Thank you for listening to my fears.
I’m not sure if it’s truly courageous but accepting unwanted aspects of my daily reality — my house still isn’t ready for habitation, clients I deal with at work frustrate me to no end, traffic sends my irritation levels soaring. Yet, I am called to include all of this and more, not to rail about or run from it or try to change it, but to surrender and see the good.
Being away from my house has sparked a deeper dive into faith. Work sharpens my mental tools and provides plenty of opportunities to show compassion for others who face emotional and financial upheavals. And traffic reminds me again and again to let go of a deep-rooted need to win.
As I typed this response, it reminded me of something I read in Richard Rohr’s daily email this morning: “… living God’s love looks like our daily experiences.” — Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Have a blessed day, everybody.
Beginning to investigate and examine inward to discover who I am. This has been helping me to appreciate and be grateful for everyone and everything when I look outward.
Joseph, I consider our growth in self-awareness the greatest gift we can give the world. I find it evolutionary. As my 12 step sponsor use to say,”When we know better, we do better.”
Letting go requires great strength and courage.
I’ve missed breeding here. My plan is to return to my beautiful routine. I’m recovering nicely. I’m feeling pretty courageous this week. The courage has showed up as quiet patience while working on a large project at church with many personalities and moving parts. I believe I’ve stayed as grace. Additionally, my stepdaughter has presented the family with challenges. I had the courage to reprimand her behavior and defend her when others blamed her as the sole perpetrator.
Nice to read your words Avril. Glad to hear you are healing from surgery.
As a pet owner, it is hard to leave your pet. My son participated in his 2nd Marathon this past weekend. We both are each others pet sitters. I am comfortable leaving my cat for a day/day and a half on short trips. His marathon was on the other side of the state – we went sat to sun. She was fine but it still gives me anxiety. My son has a camera and he can go online and check on his two cats. (I think I may be getting the same one for xmas from him, lol). It took courage to leave. I feel bad for agoraphobics.
I get that worry about leaving pets. We had dogs so harder to leave them for more than a few hours. I remember a couple times that things didn’t go the best even when we left them with what should have been trusted situations. But they were at least safe.
Marathons I get too. My husband ran three marathons in Detroit, Michigan. He also ran Chicago and Boston. His son is trying to run a marathon in every state. I think he is on about 40. I was a good spectator. I remember driving the course in Boston thinking he would die because no one could run that far.
It’s a stretch, but two days ago, after coming to terms with increasing pain levels due to Spondyloarthritis, I told my rowing club that after 15-20 years, I needed to stop bailing out boats of water and snow after large storms. It may seem like a minor thing to most people, but not to me.
Kevin, I hear you.
Oh Kevin, I was worried that you would have to do that. It is a huge loss and I know very hard for you. Chronic pain is a big thief of joy. I am so sorry you have to deal with it.
Sometimes the the smallest thing takes the most strength and courage. Blue ribbon for good self care.
It doesn’t seem like a minor thing at all, Kevin. Sounds like a huge decision on your part with all of the accompanying emotional upheaval. I hope you and your doctor can find a treatment plan that will provide relief.
I have severe coccydynia, we are in a similar boat. No pun intended. Sending you healing light.
I know the feeling when age and miles on the body makes tasks more difficult to do and the inside still desires so.
I can’t think of anything, but there is something I’ve been trying to muster up the courage to do, so I’ll check back later and maybe all of your answers will help push me in the right direction!
Slow down. I didn’t really fully get just how much I have been swept along with the hurriedness of life. I have put the phone down and even don’t bother to take it with me when I leave the house for a walk and turn it off at night. I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t know. I am conscious of the avalanche of information cascading over me and have decided to not play on the information owner’s terms anymore. I have unsubscribed from the myriad of emails bombarding my inbox every day. I care less about black Friday sales, cyber-Monday sales and any other sale urging me to buy stuff I don’t want or need. I have set aside a full day each week to catch my breath and reconnect. I have recently read a wise person say that the speed of Love is 3 mph. That is my new speed.
Yes Don, taking control of what we are exposing ourselves to, is so important. One of the biggest changes I’ve made, is turning of the “news” and being very selective about when and where I get information.
This is a hard lesson to learn and one that my husband and I need to learn in different ways. Thank you for sharing you courage to learn and act on the learning. Love the wisdom.
Thank you for sharing. I, too, just cleaned out 600 plus emails and Unsubscribed to many. It is freeing. I have added more exercise to my routine.
Thanks, Don. Your concrete words echo my experience & confirm the direction I am trying to move in my life, also.
We really can be bombarded with information, I too have started unsubscribing from emails and only check into news online or on the radio every three or four days. I’m being more mindful of what I consume on line. It’s a process of elimination, it will take a while and will require monitoring occasionally to keep everything to an acceptable level in the inbox. It’s overwhelming, it clutters the mind and takes space away from us mentally and energetically. The news will keep on rolling, the awful, tragic, depressing stuff will keep on happening day after day and does not need my regular daily attention, of course I care deeply about human suffering but constant daily updates on the state of the world feed into my anxieties and depletes me, it’s better to focus energy on the contribution you can make within your own community to help improve people’s lives as well as nurturing your own. If we as individuals are not as mentally and emotionally healthy as we can be, we have less capacity for effecting and influencing change in the world. Purposefully slowing down is a gift to yourself.
I am right with you Iamme. Thanks for the succinct response. I always enjoy hearing from you.
Excellent wisdom Iamme but for me so much easier said than done. Thanks for letting many for us with the same situation know we are not alone.
One of the most courageous things I’ve done is cut set boundaries with some one who I really wanted to me in my life. I knew there was a good chance that this person would chose to no longer be in my life. I also knew that by setting that boundary I would be practicing self love and for once I would be choosing myself.
Getting out of bed every day. Really. I have had health issues lately, probably over the last 8 months. Because of my allergies to certain antibiotics, they are sending me to an infectious disease specialist. My urologist has done everything the practice can do for me, so now I see someone else. The relentless bladder infections have affected my health in other areas as well, so to get out of bed and carry on like nothing is wrong takes courage. There are days when depression is like a cloud wanting to envelope me, but I fight on and that takes real courage. I remember I am not alone in this. There are others with the same problem. That sustains me. Knowing there is someone else out there who will help me is a bright spot in my days. I am grateful there is a doctor that may have an answer, and I will know soon.
Mary Pat, You are a wise woman. Your willingness an inspiration.
Thinking about you and able to relate. It takes much courage to just keep going. You are not alone. We care about you. Keep us posted on your progress that we will be hoping for for you.
Mary I am sorry to hear that you are going through that. It really does take courage, believe me I know, I too have struggled at times and there have been times when getting out of bed took a huge amount of self talk to achieve. I used to then beat myself up about how useless I was, but then I learned to appreciate myself and the huge effort I had to expend just to get up. To shower, to make something to eat. All things that I previously did effortlessly took a gargantuan effort, and to have to repeat that effort everyday is like climbing Everest every day. I hope that you get the help you need very soon and that you get some relief from your debilitating health issues. You are courageous. Sending you love and strength. x
Good luck Mary Pat, I hope you get answers soon and feel better.
Good morning, Mary Pat. So sorry that you’re in such pain and dealing with the medical merry-go-round. I am holding you in prayer and hope that you find the help that you need soon.
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