After reading a very interesting article about Courage
I witnessed an interesting situation on my way home. In rush hour traffic at a busy intersection an older lady could not get her car to start. The guys behind her in a pick-up truck got out and pushed her car through the intersection by hand to help her get it started again and help her to alleviate her confusion, worry and frustration. Of course the people behind the pick-up truck were not happy and honked horns etc.
I had a different perspective. I saw two guys that offered to help someone in need and put their needs aside to help someone else. That takes a great deal of courage, not to mention the dealing with the frustrated, uneducated people honking their horns.
I believe our world needs more courage of good faith and help to our fellow humans. It will make our society and world a much better place. I found myself asking if I would have done what these two guys did. Would you have the courage to stop traffic? Perhaps we need to take the time more often, not just on the road but in our daily lives at work, at home etc.
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I recently read this statement about courage in a book by Douglas Fairbanks and I wanted to share this with you.
Courage—the child of Hope—the despair of Failure. Born of Good Cheer it links its fate with the higher attributes and tramples under foot the fears which spring up before it. When sown early into the hearts of the young its companionship becomes unerring in its efficiency for good throughout their lives.
This quote spoke volumes to me. How many times in our lives have we discounted courage becuase we weren’t sure of what others would say or what reaction people may have? How many times did we not use our courage due to the fear of turmoil?
Our countries history shows great courage by stepping into situations because it is the right thing to do. I had this opportunity the other day when I saw some kids taking a bike from someone on my sons wrestling team. I could sit there and watch it happen or step up, say something and take care of a sketchy situation. I took action and the boy was stopped from taking something that was not his.
Life will test our courage all the time. We need to have the knowledge to know when to use our coruage for good and the right things and “trample fear”. Remember we are created from a greater source that is with us all the time and will carry us through tough moments with courage and knowledge.
Lets be courageous today to achieve our goals.
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I heard a song this morning that reminded me that we are all give courage by God. You see no matter what we go through and what our situation may be, we have been given the power of the creator. How cool is that!
The creator of the universe has given us the power within us to do whatever it is we “think” we desire. Many times it is not necessarily the path we “thought” was our destiny, but a path that will make us a better person for our greater good and the greater good of others.
Perhaps that could be being a stronger person for our spouse, our kids, our co-workers. Whatever the case is we need to remember that we are given a great gift everyday to good for our world. Sometimes that road may be bumpy and sometimes it is smooth.
As a wise person recently told me, “be the best you can be”. With the courage and power of the creator within us we can do anything.
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Day two and three of our adventure with our foreign exchange student have been great. He is a very well-mannered boy who will eat just about anything but broccoli.
I find it interesting that even Russia, boys have about as much to say as American boys when you ask open-ended questions like “how was your day”? they respond with single word answers like good or fine. Not to mention, that if they see an X-box or Wii console they can pick up a control and run the game like an expert. No translation needed. I think this helped to bring him even closer to my sons as he does like to play these games even on a PC and shows my sons some interesting things about the games. Not to mention he is good at put-put golf. Consistently hitting the ball in with two strokes.
We got away from the games on Saturday and spent some time at a picnic and introduced him to American football. In Russia he plays football as well, we just call it soccer. He showed a lot of good footwork to my sons and can run and catch a few good passes for touchdown’s in American football. the real trick of our small game in the Florida heat was catching the Hong Kong boy who could run like a deer on fire. the boy was quick!
I had the chance to talk to some other host parents at the picnic today and the girls seemed to bond on Facebook while the boys bonded on games or technology. The world seems to be getting smaller and people are friendly. Would you have been able to go to a foreign country when you 14 – 16? It takes a lot of courage and trust. I think our world is ready to extend that trust and give comfort to people.
Keep your eyes open for postings about day 4.
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