The courage to continue….

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

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Beautiful Stain Glass Rose window from Sainte Chapelle / Paris, France / Julie Cook / 2011

Merriam-Webster defines courage as: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Courage is not what we see depicted from Hollywood. Courage is not the professional athletes we laud over on the playing field. Courage is not physical prowess. Courage is not bravado. Courage is not belittling. Courage is not loud. Courage is not easy. Courage is not glamorous.

Courage is silence when others scream. Courage is for the tears shed alone. Courage is a smile when one is overcome by despair. Courage is going forward when others turn away. Courage is standing when sitting feels better. Courage is letting go when holding on is all one yearns to do. Courage teaches. Courage is quiet. Courage is lonely.

Courage is rooted in a mental decision to make a choice—it’s an either or with no time provided to weigh ones’ options. It’s a just do it mentality without the Nike swoosh. No glitz, no glamour, no pats on the back. It’s hard, difficult, dirty and even painful. But it’s the right thing–not the popular thing. It’s a moral thing not a trendy thing.

Our world needs more who are willing to act, to live, to choose courage.
It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.
Your choice.

6 comments on “The courage to continue….

  1. Lynda says:

    Our world does need people of courage and we need to be those people. We cannot expect others to stand if we are not willing.

    I have been keeping Martha in my prayers and hope she is recovering well. Blessings and prayers for you as well.

    • Thank you Lynda–you’re right about those of us who must lead by example—-and I want to thank you about your prayers for Martha. She just called—her daughter is not one to keep us up to date very well, but Martha did just call and is home! Amazing—she was in ICU day before yesterday and is actually home today…she says she thinks she’s really doing well considering —so thank you, I know the prayers have been so instrumental in her amazing progress…..blessings Lynda to you always

  2. Val says:

    Bless you my friend, thank you for this.

    • I hope things are improving in your world Val–I’ve been thinking about you a great deal and have been keeping you in my prayers…—was the FASFA not an option for you in your attempts at funding for school? I asked one of our school’s guidance counselor’s yesterday regarding you and your situation—hope things are improving daily—blessings—Julie

      • Val says:

        FAFSA needs help with the cost of living in California. I will still need a gap to cover the cost of living expense that my financial aid package won’t cover, which would be the same regardless of school choice.

        In short, there is a lot wrong right now. Some good, but a lot wrong. I still need so much in so many ways to set things right, and public transit here is terrible so I am home alone most of the time.

        It’s all just a lot to deal with.

  3. Val says:

    I randomly checked stats on St. V. the E., and someone found this post and read my entire blog. All I could think was “What in the world did I write in the comments?” Nothing special. Re-read this again though — can I “Like” it twice? At least twice?

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