Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.*
I often ask myself how big or small my life has become. And do I have the courage to make a bigger life for myself? And then perhaps the more important question, “Where do I draw my courage from?” For me, my courage comes from those before me who have failed and thrived AND it comes from surviving my own failures.
Where do you find courage?
Here’s to finding courage in uncommon places!
Courage is when you take a stand to do the right thing even if you know you will be the only one.
Courage can be found in the last minutes of a basketball game when the game is tied. Courage can be holding your ground no matter what the cost. Courage can be found when running to a burning car that’s exploding and in flames with someone still inside and risking your life to save that someone …even if it might be too late – I still never knew her name. Courage is the ultimate adrenaline rush that you get when you risk it all no matter what the cost. Courage is not found…we all have it inside us – it’s whether or not we act on it that matters.
Courage comes in many forms depending on the moment. People with no inspriration motivate me!!! They also motivate me to help them find it! My stepsister who passed away this year (age 37) from breast cancer and my stepmom and her two young daughters who continue to fight each day to go on without her. And my CHILDREN who amaze me and inspire me to be the best I can be knowing they are watching and learning from me!
The children’s book, titled “Courage” written by Bernard Waber, reminds me that everyone experiences the need for courage differently. We all have challenges, and it is up to us whether or not we face those challenges directly. I receive courage from knowing that there isn’t anyone else like me out there in the world and that I am capable of accomplishing good things!
Courage. My courage comes from seeing my 24-year-old daughter with disabilities. She has never given up. She learned to walk at age 4. She has very limited vocabulary, but she does understand when you speak to her. Because her vocabulary is limited, she points to pictures and photos for much of her communication. Now she is loosing her eye sight. She is already blind in one eye and has limited vision in the other eye. Two cornea transplants have failed. She has been through much in her life. But she is happy, most always smiling, and loves her life, which is full of friends, activities, and laughter. She is my courage. She does not know any other way 🙂