June 5


Today's Quotation:

Courage is required not only in a person's occasional crucial decision for one's own freedom, but in the little hour-to-hour decisions which place the bricks in the structure of his building of oneself into a person who acts with freedom and responsibility.

Rollo May

Today's Meditation:

Are you courageous?  What about right now, or in the next hour or two?  Will there be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your courage?  Will you need to make a decision or plan a course of action that may take a bit of courageous determination?  Or will you be tempted to follow the easy path, the road more often taken, so that things are easy and you won't face the possibility of failure while treading on unknown roads and byways?

Today, I want to do at least one thing that's courageous, one thing that tests me a little more than I'm normally tested.  I want to try something new and different, and I want to do so honestly and lovingly.  Perhaps I know someone who could use a bit of constructive criticism that I've avoided giving.  Perhaps there's another job I can apply for, one that will challenge me much more than the one I have now.  Perhaps I can suggest change in a system that desperately needs change.  Perhaps I'll dare to spend the money on something I definitely need, trusting that I'll still have enough money to meet my needs in the future.

Freedom.  It comes only from inside, and it can come only when we cut the chains of fear that keep us shackled to old behaviors and old ways of doing things.  Courage isn't, of course, the absence of fear, but the forging ahead even though we do fear.

So many of our little decisions are based on fear that we keep ourselves out of a state of freedom.  The only ones who can provide us with the freedom that we so desperately need are ourselves, and the only place that the freedom can come from is deep inside ourselves.  And the only thing that can pull it out from the deep is our own courage, even on the small, day-to-day level.

Questions to ponder:

1.  How has fear held you back recently?

2.  Do you know anyone whom you see as courageous?  Why do you consider that person to be courageous?

3.  What kinds of decisions will you have to make today?  What would the courageous path be in your decision-making?

For further thought:

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a person stands up for an ideal or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert F. Kennedy

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