Courage

Change Is In The Air

Sometimes, you just get tired of doing things the way you have always done them.

Sometimes, you realize nothing will change if you don’t have the guts to risk something hard.

Sometimes, you’re just tired.

Change is in the air. Not something as simple as moving the furniture around the living room, going to bed earlier to get more rest, or working out more to lose some weight. No, this change is intended to put my (our) family and future in a better place.

Sure there will be people who say it isn’t smart, or wise. There will probably even be people who say I’m (or we’re) stupid for even trying. But, what about those people in history who didn’t listen to the people around them, even the ones they respected and looked up to the most? What if those people never made a decision to step out and risk something in order to get to something greater? Where would we be without them? How different would our lives be then?

So, for now some encouragement to take hard, positive steps and make harder long-term decisions. In the end, the road may be long but anything worth having is worth working for, right? At least that’s what our parents told us when we were kids and wanted something right NOW. Time to put those words into action and see if mom and dad were right…oh, and they were. I am not where I am today without listening to them once in a while. However, we need reminders of these things once in a while and now is as good as any.

There is more to come…

PS: If you needed some encouragement today to do something hard, then you can take some from me. You’re welcome!

Courage in the Face of Criticism

I have been thinking about resolutions a lot since the new year, 2014, has begun. I haven’t ever really been one to do a resolution and my mantra has typically been, “My resolution this year is to have no resolutions.” Someone may have said that before me, don’t know and don’t care. But, the beginning of the year has brought the thoughts of resolutions again to the forefront on my mind. I think I am going to try one this year! It is going to be tough and maybe you can help me with it.

I hereby do resolve to have MORE courage in the face of criticism.

Why? Why do I feel the need to make a resolution this year when I have been so against them in the past? Quite simply, I don’t want to “go with the grain” this year. I am not going to follow the crowd. It is time to stand up and be counted.

These guys, and their thoughts, have motivated me to this decision:

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.”
-Augustine of Hippo

“The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.” – Pope John Paul II

Who is with me? Anyone else need to do this as well? Leave your comments and thoughts below.