Monday Motivation – 4 February 2013

February 4, 2013


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Courage in the face of trouble

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.”     -Ed Howe

I have no idea who Ed Howe is, but this quote rings true to me. Not because I’m getting older, nor because I’ve seen a whole lot of trouble in my life, but mostly because each and every one of us has to develop the ability to have courage in the face of trouble — because troubles and challenges will always come.

I don’t know any person who has lived a trouble-free life, although some people deal with the challenges that come upon them better than others. Some people seem to be able to shrug trouble and worries off, like the proverbial donkey in the well learned to shrug off the dirt from his shoulders, and then stand upon the dirt thrown in the well.

Other people seem to be buried by their troubles — they seem to limit their abilities for the rest of their life.

What’s the difference? It’s developing the ability to have courage in the face of your troubles, no matter what they may be, or how large or small they may loom before us.

Courage is the ability to act in the face of fear, and it’s not confined only to the battlefield. Many of the people we work with each day have gained the courage to continue on in the face of adversity, no matter what adversity may bring, or which problems will rear their ugly heads.

These people have almost uniformly developed the ability to look at life and say to themselves: “Whatever happens to me, I will deal with it, attack it head-on, and make it serve me in some way or the other.”

These are the people who rise above their illnesses, turn job loss into a new career, continue striving through a life filled with sorrow or heartache. These are the people who do not turn away, no matter how difficult the road ahead, and who keep on their path, head down and shoulders set, until their goal is reached.

These are the people who may rest, but never stop, who may pause, but never turn back, who may feel pain, but never let that pain deter them from their goals.

These are the courageous among us — and each of us can learn to develop that courage, through setting goals, attaining those goals, and saying to ourselves each and every day: “No matter what challenges may come my way, I will be better for them; no matter what may happen, I will never turn away; no matter how large the obstacle in my path, I will scale it or find a way around it, and will proceed until my goal is met, my family is safe, or my country is better because of my action and sacrifice.”

Courage is something each of us can develop, and should. We can become one of the courageous, by never turning away from the challenges that greet us, each and every day.

Copyright, 2012, by Daryl R. Gibson.


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