31 Days of Soul Searching – Day 9 {Courage}

Day 9

I can picture the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz saying “put ’em up, put ’em up” as he put up his dukes to fight. But as he cowered away, he made the decision that he just didn’t have what it would take to win, so he gave up. Remember that scene?

What he later learned was that all the courage he ever needed was within him the entire time! He just had to believe in himself.

{Courage} can be difficult for us all to muster from time to time. But when we are able to find that courage within ourselves, we can face anything!

Much of this 31 day series has highlighted things I want less of in my life or challenges I am learning to conquer.  Today is different.  Today, let’s focus on something we want more of.  Today, let’s celebrate our courageous moments and reflect on how powerful we can be when we just believe.

Think about the people in your life who display courage on a regular basis. The people who have hard-fought challenges due to health issues or other difficult circumstances. Those who just keep on keepin’ on every single day, who have struggles far worse than you can imagine.

These are courageous people! When all the odds may be against them, they step up to the plate anyway. When the easiest thing in the world would be to just give up, they hang in there and fight again.

Whoever those people may be in your life, today let us salute them!

I am constantly inspired by courageous, loving, amazing people in my life and they are such a beautiful blessing to me. Today I want to reach out and acknowledge them in some way. I will write a note, send a text, or make a call to tell them what an inspiration they are in my life. They are brave, although they most likely don’t always feel brave, so I will remind them.

Join me! Reach out to someone in your life today who has inspired you through their bravery and courage. Sometimes they just need to hear it so that they can continue fighting that fight knowing that others believe in them too.

Here’s to those brave souls in our life who set such a beautiful example. And here’s to you for standing your ground in moments where you may want to run away. Here’s to you each time you face your challenges instead of hiding from them. Here’s to believing in yourself even when there are moments of great doubt. Here’s to overcoming obstacles. Here’s to fighting tough battles. Here’s to grace under fire.

Celebrate your courage today… and remember that it has been within you this entire time!



*This is the 9th post in a 31 day series on Soul Searching. To follow the series from the beginning, simply click here and you will be directed to the introductory post which contains links to each day’s topic.


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2 thoughts on “31 Days of Soul Searching – Day 9 {Courage}

  1. Tonia B October 10, 2013 at 8:16 am Reply

    YOU are so brave, sissy. I celebrate YOU!

    • trisbendickson October 10, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

      Blessed by your strength and courage Tonia! Thank you for the beautiful example you set.

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