Step – Courage

The Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz 1939): “Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! . . . What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! . . . What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!”  Courage is one of those things everyone has, but unlike love, there’s no need to keep it handy.  The need for courage depends on individual events.  People say, oh, I couldn’t have done what you did, but how can they be sure unless they try, facing their fears; fears varying in intensity, requiring varying degrees of courage to overcome.  You can’t fear what’s already happened, only what’s ahead, making fear, the challenge courage needs, to rise and conquer.  Looking back I realize grief planted me so deeply into the event itself, I believed that was where I was supposed to be, hoping time would do its thing.  But there’s a better option. What makes you step away, because it is enough? Courage!  (It is Enough Aug 7, 2016)  It takes one step away to face the future, to ask courage, what are you going to do about my fear, giving courage the opportunity to rise up and move you forward.

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