Courage begins when we can admit that there is no life without some pain, some frustration; that there is no tragic accident to which we are immune; and that beyond the normal exercise of prudence we can do nothing about it. But courage goes on to see that the triumph of life is not in pains avoided, but in joys lived completely in the moment of their happening. Courage lies in never taking so much as a good meal or a day of health and fair weather for granted. It lies in learning to be aware of our moments of happiness as sharply as our moments of pain. We need not be afraid to weep when we have cause to weep, so long as we can really rejoice at every cause for rejoicing. -Victoria Lincoln
What kinds of pain or difficulties do you spend most of your time trying to avoid?
How often are you successful in avoiding them?
How aware are you of your moments of happiness and positive thoughts?
For further thought:
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.-Robert Ingersoll