There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.
"having tired of the negative words-
she laid them down.
being finished with the weighted boots,
she burned them.
touching a feather to her tears,
she slipped on her wings,
turned to her sky-
"holding the hunk of sadness,
she looked at it.
it was ugly and messy and throbbing with pain.
understanding that holding it would do no good,
she placed it gently down,
touched it with love,
and walked away from it.
for you see, it wasn’t hers to hold."
"If you swim effortlessly in the deep oceans, ride the waves to and from the shore, if you can breathe under water and dine on the deep treasures of the seas; mark my words, those who dwell on the rocks carrying nets will try to reel you into their catch. The last thing they want is for you to thrive in your habitat because they stand in their atmosphere where they beg and gasp for some air."
"Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful."
"Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel."
"People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent."