Courage

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

Helen Keller

These times surely call for courage. So many challenges and uncertainties….viruses, fires, hatred, violence, threats to norms and government, economic collapse, and more.

We are called to respond when we grieve as a nation the loss of many lives. Grief is not predictable. It is raw. Our fears are intensified as we face helplessness and disbelief. Numbness might feel like a welcome relief but we face daily disillusionments that break through the fog.

If Helen Keller had it right we have to find a way to find strength and reframe this catastrophe as full living. What would it mean in these times to behave like a free spirit from a place of strength, to see things as a daring adventure, to keep our faces toward change?

Perseverance?

Faith?

Fury?

Courage is defined as the ability to do something that frightens one, strength in the face of pain or grief. When I worked at hospice I would often ask folks facing their deaths where they found strength. For some it was religious belief; for others it was from and for family; for some it was about taking one step at a time or focusing on gratitude or acceptance, or listening to one’s “knowing.” There was no one answer. I am deeply appreciative for those teachings.

I expect it will fall to each one of us to discover our source of strength. Then perhaps we can find spirit to define an adventure. No small task when one might be inclined to hole up, seek refuge or run away!

My wish for us all is an openness to experience grace and discover spirit.