Pack courage in your toolbox

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.

There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are facing difficulties that seem insurmountable, I want to en-courage you to draw on that which lies deep within you.

Oh, sure, you may think you lack what it takes to climb over that speed bump – or mountain – that’s directly in front of you, but I have faith that you will not only do so, but you will rise victorious to the top.

You are stronger than you think.

Believe it.



How’s your rubber band?

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I don’t know about you, but I need a dose of resilience right now.  I may not need it next week, or the week after, but I need it now.  I have a certain degree of the stuff, but I think some of it seeped out of my being.  As you’ll see in the very well-written article attached above, resilience means to jump back.

Rubber Bands
(Photo credit: Larry Rosenstein)

Taken a bit further in its definition, resilience is the ability to bounce and not break when difficulties weigh you down.  Being elastic; that sounds like a worthwhile goal.  Until you start feeling the inability to bounce back, you may not even realize that some of the stretch has gone out of your rubber band.

I also need a bit more courage: courage to do all that I need to do, want to do, and plan to do while I’m still able.  Courage comes from the Latin word, heart; to have rock-like inner strength.  Sometimes we go through life thinking that our courage is completely intact until we discover that it’s been compromised due to some event – or string of events – that have come our way.  Do you think that perhaps the only way to know if we’re fully stocked with the stuff is to undergo this sort of testing process?