I found an old sermon on my computer the other day - actually a few of them, that I've been listening to in my car. In one, the pastor talks about big feats of daring, like the landing on Normandy on D- Day, or people doing crazy stunts that you see on Youtube. But he also talks about the daring of everyday people, like you and me, who deal with everyday things with courage that we might not even think about - the person who deals with anxiety that goes to a social function anyway, or the person who changes careers because she knows she has too, or a kid entering a new school for a first time, nervous but still walking in. Daring is also coming up with ideas to help a community, and following through with them. Those are daring moves, full of courage that sometimes goes unnoticed and unrecognized. On this eve of a new school year, there is some real daring taking place, with plenty of courage. I want to acknowledge it and say my blessings and God's blessings are with you!
Since I deal with anxiety and slight depression myself, I know what it's like to need courage. Even when I changed careers to become a teacher, many people told me I had a lot of courage to do it. Maybe I did, but I didn't feel that way - I just was doing what I HAD to do. As I had brunch with someone yesterday who I've met over the last few months, the word "risk" came up in our discussion about courage. What I realized is that what may seem like a risk, is really a choice. A choice to change and trust you can handle the things that come your way. That is courage.
In my own case this week, I also used what some may say is courage, by taking my box project into the corporate world to create a training workshop. But it didn't seem that way. Although it caused a bit of nervousness, it really wasn't that much, and I was pleased with the outcome. I think the employees I worked with thought so too. I guess my point is this...you have courage even if you don't think so. And I believe God is with us, helping us move forward in our lives, providing love and peace where we surrender to the idea that we must make the choices and trust in our own ability to handle things.
One more thing about another sermon I heard. It included a story of Mary Ann Bird, who was a disfigured young woman who had a teacher whisper to her, "I wish you were my little girl." And that whispered comment changed her life, affecting how she thought about herself, letting her know she had inner beauty and worth. What courage and inner strength she had to have to live her life.
Below are some photos from the training, and a song I've been listening to all week too. I've realized by listening to this song, that although I believe it, it takes a lot of inner courage to let go. It's something I don't find easy to do, but probably takes a lot of courage, that I don't know if I have, but sure hope I do. Maybe you are in the same position. If so, I send my prayers to you to have plenty of courage, even if you don't feel that way. Blessings to everyone. XO