Jan 022015
 

Sometimes courage comes in small packages, more of a whisper than a roar.  It can be the simple things, facing another day of radiation, getting out of bed to get the exercise you need to recover from an operation, continuing with chemo treatments in spite of the side effects, that take the most courage.   I’ve found that I face difficult challenges better if they are sudden and over quickly, but things don’t always go according to my preferences!


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher

We all face struggles of one sort or another.   Where do you find the courage to quietly say “I’ll try again tomorrow?”   Here are some things that have worked for me.

1)  I have a great group of relatives, friends, and church family that have offered overwhelming support when I need it.   Sometimes, when I run out of courage, I borrow theirs.   I would be lost without these people and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

2) I have found courage by reading scripture and other inspirational readings.   I try to read something positive every day to build my courage.

3)  I have calmed my mind and held onto my whisper of courage using recording meditations nightly to help me sleep and to build positive energy.

What are your tips for holding onto your courage in the face of obstacles?

  6 Responses to “Sometimes Courage Whispers”

  1. My children help me have courage. I always think about what I’m modeling for them and what I want them to remember me for. Sometimes courage has small hands, mac & cheese encrusted mouths, and whispers, “I love you.” :))

  2. Beautifully said! My children are adults now and I think they taught me as much about life as I taught them. Those I love you’s are very sweet!

  3. Serenity,

    Thank you for sharing your experience as you battle rectal cancer! I have ulcerative colitis, and am at a high risk of colon cancer. What keeps me strong and courageous is God. I’ve been listening to lots of Tim Keller sermons, and am learning so much about how much God loves us! My faith is becoming more practical all the time, and I am grateful to God for that.

    See you around again, I hope 🙂

    Blessings, and prayers for your journey,
    Laurie

    • Laurie, Thank you for sharing a bit of your story. I wish you the best and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I can relate to a faith that becomes more practical as life’s challenges build. I look forward to getting to know you better through the challenge!

  4. Courage and boldness were my most important allies during my treatments. I always found it interesting that sometimes as a patient I felt compelled to give OTHERS (especially the ones who love me!) courage to face what I was going through. Brava for a great blog post.

    • Julie, thank you for sharing a bit of your journey. I, too, have found myself being strong to encourage my loved ones. My daughter has corrected me. She says that she needs me to be open so that she can give her support, because it is part of her way of coping. I thought that was both beautiful and interesting. May many blessings come your way.

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