June 6


Today's Quotation:

Courage takes many forms.  There is physical courage, there is moral courage.  Then there is a still higher type of courage-- the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead.

Howard Cosell

Today's Meditation:

Courage has been romanticized and exaggerated for a very long time.  We tend to see it as an extreme quality, brought out only when someone is facing death or serious injury, or capture by enemy troops, for example.  Courage is reserved for soldiers and police officers and firemen, or other people who face dangerous situations regularly.

But some of the bravest people I've ever known are those who face each day with a great deal of courage, no matter what their situation.  I know a woman whose husband left her in an awful way, causing a great deal of damage and pain.  She went on with her life, never pitying herself, still helping others to get on with their lives.  I know someone else who deals regularly with depression and other emotional problems, yet he still faces life as bravely as I've seen anyone face life.

And we've all seen the stories about the children and adults who have life-threatening illnesses, but who still are able to look at each day as an opportunity to live life a bit more, and their courage is an example for us all, helping us to realize just how much we have in our lives every day.

You have just as much courage as anyone else-- the only question you have to ask yourself is whether or not you use it.  Is it a regular part of your life and actions, or is it something that you save for certain situations?  The courage of your life is in your hands, and the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

Questions to ponder:

1.  What kinds of situations in your life demand courage?

2.  When is it easiest for you to show courage?  When is it most difficult?

3.  How do you define courage?

For further thought:

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.

Winston Churchill

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