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Keep the faith!

That's an old countercultural slogan from the 1960s in America. It means:
Never give up. Believe in the good.
Here is a little phrase I have on my refrigerator door. (Americans often put photos or magnets with phrases on their metal refrigerator doors, because they see them every day that way -- like a household bulletin board.)

WHAT IS COURAGE?

C = confronting the dragons
O = overcoming the obstacles
U = understanding the risks
R = really living (I love that one especially.)
A = always believing
G = going the distance (to persist with dedication and intention)
E = experiencing the best

To live requires courage. And to live well - for ourselves and others - requires courage and love.
blessings to you - keep going! You can.

Comments

byamungu bahati pascal's picture

Très bonne chose.

Je ne savais pas la définition du mot "courage" C'est amusant ton journal mais c'est une très bonne refléxion. Tu as vraiment du courage. Oh!!! Voilà que moi aussi je repete le mot "courage" C'est vraiment un mot nécessaire dans la vie. D'ailleur c'est la réussite de la vie. Tu es géniale Surfgirl-CA

Pascal BYAMUNGU

La définition du mot courage est la suivante:
courage | kərij, kə-rij |
nom
- La capacité de faire quelque chose qui effraie une
- Résistance face à la douleur ou le chagrin

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

loretta's picture

true,

That is the truth, to live requires courage and courage is a combination of a whole lot of characteristics that one needs to be able to understand, control and put to good use.

Keep the faith indeed!
Loretta.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

surfgirl-CA's picture

hi, Loretta - I just read

hi, Loretta - I just read your profile. Ah, the pain of life, eh? How traumatic having your husband murdered. We often, here in the States, say, when complaining, 'well, it's not like we should complain. We have it so good.' There are so many varieties of horror that the human experience can bring. I often read the memoirs of people who have had great adversity, such as people in jail for political reasons, explorers & women without protections, so that I can remember what the human spirit can do. That gives me strength for my own problems. I can only imagine what the last 20 yrs in Soweto have been like for your family. Is there not some international or African scholarship you could apply to for university funds?? Or is that a silly thought? Stay in touch, please, and best wishes for you to find a way to your vocation dream. Keep looking for a way, dada. Now I'll go to bed -- it's midnight here in California. Best wishes for ALL good things for you & the family.

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Vweta's picture

I love this! Am borrowing if

I love this! Am borrowing if you don't mind. We all need reminders and a little motivation and reassessment of our situation every now and then on our journey through life.

And yes, we do hold pictures, postcards and other memorabilia 'holdable' on our refrigerator doors too, so am going to find a spot to put this on mine.

Thank you for sharing!

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

sandra omba's picture

selon moi je peux dire quand

selon moi je peux dire quand on vous dit courage dans quelque chose cela veut dire qu'il faut fausser et ne pas lâcher malgré les difficultés ou les obstacle a surmonté.En d'autre terme un chemin vers un but donné parce que on plus peur.merci pour votre reflexion

sandra omba
RDC

Precious M's picture

Love it.

I looooooove your definition of courage. Let's keep it going.

Regards

Precious

My pen speaks

surfgirl-CA's picture

C-O-U-R-A-G-E

it is not my definition, & in fact, i do not know where it came from! It is yours if you want it. Or add a word of your own! (-;

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Precious M's picture

Adopting it

Okay, I'm adopting that.

Precious

My pen speaks

surfgirl-CA's picture

"My pen speaks."

In the States, ppl might say that was an arrogant thing to say, but I never believe that. I think I'll say it, too, Precious!
Your pen speaks... & the pen is mightier than the sword.

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Maonah's picture

This is a pathway

I strongly agree with you that your definition of COURAGE is the pathway to success. I am taping into it and moving like a while wind to hit my target. Keep the candle burning because the day will break forth any moment from now. I love you all with all my heart.

surfgirl-CA's picture

moving like a wild wind...

... to hit my target. I love THAT! I really get that; me too. Focus + intention + skills + heart >>> creating the life we love. As we say here, You go, girl!

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Gracious's picture

Hi Surfgirl

Your definition of love is superb. Without courage life can be meaningless especially here in Africa

Love

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Thanks Surf Girl

I am so putting this on my refrigerator door as well. we all need courage to be able to live our lives and make sure others live their lives as well. Thanks and stay blessed my dear

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

surfgirl-CA's picture

I have to tell you all...

.. you really are the sweetest group of sisters/brothers/people. Yesterday I learned the Swahili word for dear sister: Dada. How kind to even say it to me. I say it back to you all too. Hey, it's easy to be nice from a distance, yes? But even so, I feel the heart in this group. And we can sustain ourselves and deal with our challenges by caring for each other -- in practice, in the street, in the room, & on the Web. Without female competitiveness, bickering, judgmentalism. With kindness, empathy & strength. And of course, I include you men as well, always. Because to create a better world, all must be treated well. You all are so sweet!

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Traditionally a woman is to live for others least of all herself.
No wonder one cna even miss meals to feed others.
the best is for all the rest except the woman, in culture
battering, rape, defilement, trafficking, sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, reproductive work unvalued, name it!
The woman 'other' is meant to be submissive, silent and retracting and therefore seen as coward
Yet the reverse is true women are the biggest and mightiest warriors across earth
Now lets embrace the courage and ensure it works for earth and us
In any case we are the gatekeepers of change
Grab the slogan girls its timely and strengthening!!!!!
Tchau!

surfgirl-CA's picture

what is tchau ?

Tchau sounds wild & brave... what does it mean? Yes, women are definitely warriors too. Women have a kind of courage that has kept civilization going. Men are brave and courageous too. But bravery & courage are not their sole province. No matter what the culture may have tried to tell us. Tchau!

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

otahelp's picture

i love courage

i love courage. it is what gives you the propeller to act. I love courage because it shoots the adrenaline to move and do good. Never ever give up. be courageous. be brave. it works for me and i hope it works for all of us.

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