In Others’ Words: The Small Steps of Courage
I used to think of courage as this big thing … something that was often beyond me. Or something that I had to wait for … or work up to.
Kind of like: Give me a few more minutes … or a few more hours … or a week or two, and I’ll be courageous.
And then I learned courage can be found in the small things. The try, try, and try agains. The small attempts that, at first, don’t look like very much at all, but add up to not quitting.
Courage can be quiet — the unspoken resolve to go to bed and get up in the morning, knowing that the thing you faced today will still be there, staring you down, tomorrow.
Courage can be tear-soaked — and no less courageous. Weeping doesn’t indicate weakness. No. Tears just means you acknowledge your emotions — you admit that life hurts. And then you don’t quit in the face of the pain.
Courage can be one small step forward — and that’s enough for the day. You may not have gained all that much ground, but you didn’t lose any. And even if all you did was hold your ground, well, that’s an act of bravery too.
You take enough small steps forward and you’ve accomplished a journey. You’ve lived a life of courage.
In Your Words: Where are your steps taking you today? What one step do you need to take today to be courageous?
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