My word for the year is COURAGE. I’ve been reading different quotes about it, little stories and thoughts that others have. There are so many aspects that it is seems impossible to fully embrace them all in an attempt to be more courageous.
When I read the quote above I feel like I am pulled in two directions. In many ways I’m not afraid of change. We moved across the ocean to a tiny island with only one duffel bag each to a country where we didn’t know anyone! From the moment we landed, I didn’t cry one single time because I missed Canada. I learned to love the different culture and as we traveled around Europe, I loved seeing the different ways people live. The change was beautiful and I embraced it without reservation. I knew we were moving there so I didn’t spend any time trying to think of ways to avoid it.
Yet, on the opposite spectrum, I struggle to let go of things I can’t change! I can change every aspect of myself personally, but I can’t control how others view me. Someone told me recently about something that was said about me. They asked if I had told that person that they were wrong about what they thought. My response was, “There’s no point. People are going to believe what they want to believe.” As the words came out of my mouth, I believed them wholeheartedly; yet, it also bugs me that I can’t force them to see the truth! I guess part of being courageous is going to be working on letting go (and not just by saying I’m letting go, but by ACTUALLY letting go!).
What does courage mean to you?