Courage in the face of change

So often in life we are faced with situations which require us to tap into an inner courage that we might think we don’t have.  Sometimes it is because of a physical ordeal but more often than not, it is a result of some inner fear.

Such things as moving to a new place, a new job, ending a relationship, facing an illness, or having to do something that terrifies us (such a speaking in front of others).  We feel torn between the thing we are called upon to do and the desire to run from it. That fight or flight syndrome is part of our very nature.

Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to walk through scary things in spite of the fear.  I heard a fairly young speaker the other night talk about getting a diagnosis that he was going blind.  There was no surgery or medicine to change the situation.

But there he was – being of service to others.  He could no longer drive or even walk without the help of another, yet he was there.  He shared about his fears and how devastating the news was when he received it, but it was not the words that I heard but what I saw – his willingness to serve – that impressed me. 

I may never see that young man again, but it was courage he showed in spite of his fears that I will always remember.  For that I am eternally grateful to him.

Quote of the Week

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy”.                                                                                Dale Carnegie

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