In Others’ Words: One Step Forward …

Little Steps 2015

I believe that being courageous happens at the same time you are fear-filled.

You don’t wait for the fear to vanish, gather courage in your fists, and advance. No, true bravery manifests when someone whispers, “I’m scared” and then doesn’t back down from whatever enemy stands before them.

I also know that winning the day doesn’t always mean total victory. Sometimes it’s holding the ground you’ve already won. Or risking one … step … forward … and saying, “Tomorrow I will try again.”

I hang around a lot of courageous people. Some of my closest friends and I like to sing “Brave” by Sara Bareilles — it’s a vocal reminder to be brave, be ourselves, to step up, step out … to go for it, to go forward.

 

In Your Words: How’s your week been? What opportunity (or opportunities) did you have to be brave?

To my friends who follow In Others’ Words: I’m making a change to the blog and implementing a Tuesday-Thursday schedule. This will help me as I manage my writing deadlines. I will start next week, Tuesday, June 30. I hope you’ll stay with me as I transition to two days a week. I love when you join the conversation!

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10 Comments

  1. June 26, 2015, 6:14 am   /  Reply

    circumstances make a longer comment impossible, but sometimes that which looks, from the outside, to be courage is just having no choice

    • June 26, 2015, 10:10 am   /  Reply

      No other choice, yes … but still, you are there — in that place, for all the other choices you made before — choosing to be brave in the midst of fear.

      • June 26, 2015, 10:47 pm   /  Reply

        Thanks, Beth. “Peace’ and “relief’ are death, and there’s still some good I can do. To quote a line from “Lawrence of Arabia”, the trick is not minding that it hurts.

  2. June 26, 2015, 7:21 am   /  Reply

    Excellent decision, Beth. We’re with you in full support & will stay tuned in at the right times!

    • June 26, 2015, 10:11 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Dee. It’s a tough one, but I need some breathing room. And I know I won’t give less to the blog posts — just one day less a week.

  3. June 26, 2015, 7:36 am   /  Reply

    Courage. Yes. I’m there now.

    Blessings as you proceed with writing deadlines, dear Beth! Go, go, go–you WILL do it!

    • June 26, 2015, 10:12 am   /  Reply

      Cynthia, my encouraging friend, I know you will find the courage you need at this moment.
      Praying for you.

  4. Gail Hollingsworth
    June 26, 2015, 8:11 am   /  Reply

    My being brave this week is sort of laughable. I went to the beauty salon and had a keratin hair treatment done for the very first time. What’s brave about that you may ask? My son is getting married in two weeks and I had no clue how my hair would react. So far so good. It didn’t turn purple, didn’t fall out (well, no more than usual) and didn’t spilt or dry out!
    Your time is valuable and so is everyone’s. I will enjoy hearing from you no matter how often or seldom it is.

    • June 26, 2015, 10:12 am   /  Reply

      Oh — a wedding! Looking forward to photos, Gail!!!

  5. Susan
    June 29, 2015, 8:17 am   /  Reply

    Loved this post. And your change. Completely understand and of course I’ll still keep checking in!

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