November 12     

Today's quotation:

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

J.K. Rowling

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes the people we love are those who try us the most, especially when they say and do things that run counter to our own ethics and values.  What do we do when someone we care for dearly wants to do something that we know is wrong?  What do we do when they say something that causes harm to someone else?  Do we let it slide because they're our friends and we don't want to risk losing them?  Or do we reach inside, muster our courage, and say what we know needs to be said, no matter what the consequences may be?

If we say nothing, of course, things get worse because not only has someone we care for just done something to harm someone else, but we're also now complicit because we've refused to stand up for what we know is right because we're afraid that the consequences of doing so won't be to our liking.  If we're to be brave, we must be brave in all situations so that we don't put ourselves in a position that may compromise our integrity.  A lack of bravery can lead us to compromise a lot in our lives, and that type of compromise is not good for us.

Courage is in each of us, but not all of us choose to exercise it.  Some of us prefer to leave the courage lying alone, unused, as we prefer to take the safe route.  The courageous route isn't necessarily the dangerous route, yet it most certainly can lead to difficulties in our lives.  If we courageously stand up to our friends, for example, we face consequences up to and including losing our friends.  It would be nice if there were no consequences for courage, but that's simply not true.  Courage has a price, and sometimes it's a difficult choice to make to choose something that comes with a price.

I sincerely hope that I never lose my courage.  I want to stand up for what's right, and I want to walk away from what's wrong-- or confront it if need be.  I need courage to live my own truths, to do the things that other people don't do, to push myself past my levels of comfort and passivity in order to accomplish things that simply can't be accomplished without courage.  Life gives us plenty of chances to exercise and exert our courage, and it's up to us whether we want to take those chances or not.

Questions to consider:

What was the last truly courageous thing that you've done?

Why have so many people reached a point at which they don't practice courage any longer?

How many courageous people do you know?  What are their lives like?

For further thought:

We need the courage to start and continue what we should do, and courage to stop what we shouldn't do.

Richard L. Evans

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