Courage to me is getting up every day and facing the unknown.
Putting on a brave face when there is not enough money to buy groceries but you believe it will work out anyway (and some angel shows up with 2 bags of groceries you didn't ask for).
Courage is asking for help when you don't know where to turn, how to feel or how to act or even who you can lean on anymore.
Yesterday a family I grew up next to lost their father. Even though we have not lived on that street since 1993, my heart broke for his 6 children, many grandchildren and his wife of many, many years.
Today is more tests for my dad to find out if there are any other areas with tumors or issues. So I am at the office, planning to get some work done. I may cry, I may lash out, and I pray I hold it together but I know if I have a melt down, I won't be made fun of or sent home, this group of co-workers I have right now are golden to me because we all are holding each other up.
I do not have any super powers, but I do have the capability to put one foot in front of the other, be honest about my feelings and keep going forward praying all the way.
2 of the most courageous people in my life are my 2 children. My daughter is expecting her second child at the beginning of October, yet she is choosing to do as much for the family as she always has before. My son is in Colorado and his wife is expecting their 3rd child in late October. He is taking classes and facing some uncertainty as well. But he is doing the best he can with the job he has to provide for his family in the meantime. He has not runaway.. and I am so proud of him for sticking with his family.
These are just a few examples of courage that I see right now and they inspire me to keep going no matter what because that is the way my dad raised me. He instilled a strong work ethic in all of us girls and always told us we can do anything we set our mind to. Yes, we all three can be very stubborn and that usually helps us handle anything that comes our way.
Be courageous, Encourage someone around, Call a friend just see how they are doing, Send a card to let people know you are thinking of them.
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