Encouraging Courage

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I hope you don’t mind if I take a break from normal service today.

There’s a subject which begins with ‘c’ that I want to address that goes beyond communications…or social media for that matter.

That word is ‘courage’.

We see it everyday, well I certainly do.

Courage, in the literal sense, means to ‘confront fear’.

The funny thing is, most people don’t know when they are being courageous, because when they face difficult times their outward behaviour (to themselves only, mind you) says anything but that.

By no means do I think these words are incredibly radical or will be some magical catalyst for change, but today, try and recognise people’s courage.

If you know of someone who is hurting, but pushing through that barrier, with their eyes fixed on the light at the end of the tunnel, help them get there.

It could be an encouraging word.

It could just be taking five minutes out of your day to listen.

Or it could just be sending them this post.

I love quotes, as much as anyone, and although I’d prefer not to employ a clichéd ending to this, this quote may provide a little dash of inspiration to anyone who is reaching for that elusive place.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.

A friend once said quotes exist and survive through the ages for one reason: they’re true.

What is also true, is that when things might seem at their very worst, they are often about to turn into their very best.

Keep pushing.

Adam

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