This week we approach a topic that is near and dear to my heart.  It has waned my actions and responses during key moments of my life.  The word this week is COURAGE.   COURAGE as defined by Merriam-Webster is; mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.  I find it extremely difficult to write this week’s blog without reminiscing through very difficult, fearful, dangerous, and all round hard moments of my life.  I am not the hero found on the movie screen that makes all the right decisions with laser precision.  My life has been more of a ping ponging of circumstances where I had to choose to use COURAGE like a big stick and beat my fear, insecurities, and shame into submission. Just like every other thing in life, the more familiar that an individual is with a thing the better he/she will be at a thing.  The more opportunities that I have to exercise with that stick the easier it is for me to use it.

courageThe world renowned boxer trainer, Buddy McGirt was quoted as saying that “Courage is the responsibility of the fighter”.  I am firmly planted in the belief that he was correct but, not only in the ring.   Some of the biggest fights that I have had were with myself.  Because I have passionately exposed myself to various temptations I have with that exposure created hurdles for myself.  I used to smoke cigarettes and decided to quit for various reasons, one being health.  I thought it was just as easy to put it down as it was to pick up and I couldn’t have been more wrong.  The more I wanted to quit the more I wanted a smoke.  It wasn’t until I realized that quitting was beyond me, was I able to quit without a gum, patch,or life coach.  I stopped smoking “cold turkey” and the COURAGE exuded was over my own desires.  I beat back the demon that has ruled in my family for generations by having the COURAGE to deny myself a pleasure that would ultimately bring about my demise.  Sometimes exercising COURAGE is about self control and somebody shoulda told me that growing up, maybe I would have been a better student or athlete or just a person with fewer knots.                                                                                                                 COURAGE is the component in your repertoire that will bolster one to stand and be heard, likewise it ought to prompt one to sit down and listen.  COURAGE is not easily acquired but should be liberally applied.  It is our prayer that this starts you on your way to utilizing COURAGE against those things that so easily beset you.   We welcome any comments and feel free to join our mailing list by following the link listed below.

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