Creative Brooding

Welcome to my blog. My name is Pat O'Connor and I wanted to create one little spot where I could share feelings, thoughts, even ramble if I want to. Perhaps too, reveal a side of me very few know about. If there are two words I would use to describe myself, those two would be iconoclastic and eclectic.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Courage - Some random thoughts

Some random thoughts

It has often been said, that it takes more courage to face life, then to face death.
For in death, you are given the answers you seek during life and your pathway is guided by the holy light of the Almighty.

But, to remain in this life, there are dragons to slay, demons to subdue, monsters to conquer.
What are these dragons and monsters?
Fear, bitterness, lonliness, sickness, hopelessness, self-doubt or even worse self-hate.

There are dreams long turned into dust, loved ones who have forsaken us, the over whelming sense of futility, the pain of rejection that rapes our soul.

Courage is more then simply the opposite of cowardice. It is the flowering of your spirit, knowing what is it to be beautiful in spirit.
It is the determination to overcome the great tragedies and sorrows of life without becoming hard, bitter and cynical.

Courage is the empowerment of the heart to care, to love, to forget onself and to bring comfort to the suffering of another.

Courage is remaining true to your own values, even if and when it costs you everything you have, or ever hoped to have.

Courage is holding onto your dreams, 
of being unafraid to dream again.

Courage is the discovery of hope, for if you lose hope, you lose the vitality of your spirit. 

Courage is continuing the spirirtual war, even when you lose the battle today.

Courage is forgiving and loving the very person that brutalized you the most.

Courage is a way of life. It is as much a habit as anything else. Like getting up and brushing your teeth in the morning, or drinking coffee. It’s a matter of routine more than anything else. For it has also been said that the real test of courage is in our daily lives.

Courage is someone who feels fear, recognizes fear and still goes on to do what he or she believes is right.

Courage is the strength to speak our mind and not stay silent in the midst of hate and wrong doing.

Courage is giving freely without the expectation of reward or the feeling that the person you helped now "owes" you something.
Mark Twain has said, Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.

Pat O'Connor

Janoary 24, 2007

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