Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill
Why courage to listen? Because we are opening up to alternative ideas and as a result our precious beliefs and fixed ideas may be threatened and our ego rightness put in question. But without genuine listening there is no chance of real progress being made. Great men and women - and our best leaders - are not afraid to speak from the heart nor to listen generously.
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~ Dorothy Bernard
Our soul is essentially a powerful source of love; that's true for each and every one of us. Love is the light of truth. When you accept truth as your being, it immediately exposes the shadow, all the other parts of yourself that are not guided by love. The light exposes their lies. But we depend on those other ways of being, as we created them to solve problems in life, albeit in fearful ways: to justify, make excuses, blame, rationalize, be right, avoid, and so on - rather than the braver path of communicating empathically and taking responsibility. So courage is needed; the way out is the way through. But it's worth it as bringing light to the misguided solutions of the past - understanding why they were made and loving their creator - is the ultimate learning experience and enables us to embrace our wholeness.
“With hope you gain courage. With courage you gain confidence, and with confidence there are no limits to what you can do.” ~ unknown
As Carolyn Hax said, "Being negative is easy. There will always be a downside to everything good, a hurdle to everything desirable, a con to every pro. The real courage is in finding the good in what you have, the opportunities in every hurdle, the pros in every con."
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs
We are each of us unique and special. If we don't allow our special qualities to be drowned out, we can become a master in our individual sphere.
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
As Caroline Adams said, "Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love."
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
How to Develop the Courage to Fully Be Alive ~ by Jafree Ozwald
The Universe is designed to bring us into our fullest potentiality. It never gives us more or less than what we need to bring about our greatest enlightened state. It knows us intimately, and delivers the exact perfect portions of success and challenge, to force us beneath our head trip and discover the real gold inside our heart. It is from receiving both the pleasant and hard gifts that the Universe offers, that we become truly courageous beings who have the strength to manifest an abundant brilliant future that we desire, and discover our spiritual path along the way. Continues...