Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

I’m not in the habit of quoting war mongering Prime Ministers here on Friday’s Child. I make the exception when it comes to Churchill. He has been quoted as saying; “ The arts are essential to any com­plete national life. The State owes it to itself to sus­tain and encour­age them. Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the rev­er­ence and delight which are their due. ” He was a soldier, a statesmen, and an artist. He was one a wise old duffer. A mile further to Right than Senator Joe McCarthy but still, wise.

My courage has been tested time and again. It is not an easy business to stand in your truth and turn away from voices that are kind. Fighting the enemy is a cakewalk compared to the fortitude it takes to stand up to friends. We are nothing if not creatures of comfort. Leaning into that comfort is our nature. We reach for what has worked and felt sweet in the past, time and again. That choice is like breathing. Why bother with adventure that could prove to be misadventure – when there is sure success on the well traveled road? 

As one that chose to be on a spiritual path I have made sacrifices.

Sacrifices anyone that gives a damn about creature comforts and name brands are rarely called upon to make. Life tends to support strong desire. ( Tends to. It doesn’t always work out that way. Karma has the final say. ) Setting boundaries is something we all must do. The lesson looms large for many of us. Speaking our truth when there is sweet comfort in the lie? That takes tremendous courage. Especially when it involves people you care for.

You know what is hard?

Asking for what you need.

Rallying support for those needs.

Owning your story and having the ability to detach from it at the same time.

Courage isn’t always a lion. Most often it is a shy little lamb that shows up and shows out anyway.

In order to be courageous you have to assent to the possibility that you won’t always win. Indeed, the world is full of courageous losers. They carry on. They are committed. Devoted. Selfless. They know their cause is just.

We don’t need to win awards.

We only need to prevail.

Prevail we will.

We cannot allow our doubt to control our actions.

Occasionally, we will be discouraged. Inevitable discouragement is written in fine print at the bottom of the contract. Do not allow discouragement to discourage you. If you have the wisdom to know what must be done. You owe it to yourself to find the courage to get it done. After awhile we know better. Then we do better. There is no true failure. Not really.

Face your fears and rise.

Sending Love, Light & Oceans of Bliss.

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