Friday, July 11, 2008

Courage Knows No Bounds

I am amazed at how many strong women I know. Women of strength, substance, and courage. And, while one automatically thinks of the likes of Christianne Amanpour, these women look and act like your everyday person. They don't go to high risk places or interview famous people. They aren't on TV or magazine covers. But they live their lives expecting "nothing less than what they are worth" regardless of situation of consequence. While a lot of people would shake their heads and say, "of course! What else should you expect?", I am sure these same people will recognize that this isn't always the case and very often one gets less than what they are worth despite always striving for better or the best. These women moved out of their comfort zones, faced the unknown with relatively no help, armed just with hope and strength and an unwavering belief in themselves. Amazing.

So, in hard times, I try to remind myself to just be brave. I hope I can be even just half as courageous as these women I know.

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." (Dorothy Thompson)

"Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."(Dorothy Thompson)


Anya said...

Errrr... did you write this BEFORE we talked? Because if you did, then that would make us SOUL SISTERS!!!

Thank you for the nice conversation. :-)


vicki said...

hehehe. I would be so lucky. I had the idea and the quotes before. The conversation just gave my thoughts, words. We should have more of these nice conversations. =)

Avril said...

Change is one of the scariest things we can face when we are in a comfortable little nook of our lives, I think. Before we get to making the change though, we have to go through period of assessment. What are we willing to give up for what? This is where I'm at at the moment.

hmmm...sounds like a post in the making. I'll put it on in a bit. :)