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Archive for the Courage category

The Courage of Conviction — Or Lack Thereof

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

A guest post from Tara Gentile

“We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize his presence, not in unsolved problems but in those that are solved,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Tegel Prison. Bonhoeffer had faced over a year imprisoned by the Nazis for conspiring against Hitler and the Third Reich. He was a pastor, a theologian, and a committed pacifist.

He had the courage to risk his principles for the good of people who would come after him. In doing so, he shook his own belief system to the core. In his own “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” moment, he decided to do so that others might have the chance to live in a world not plagued by mass slaughter. Eventually, he paid the ultimate price.

The courage to begin again

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

A guest post from Laura Calandrella

I walked out on to the deck and took a seat in one of the lounge chairs.

It was a beautifully sunny day and I knew I could easily blend in with the sunbathers at the edge of the pool. No one would suspect why I was actually there.

The minutes ticked by, each one bringing me closer to the first swim practice I had been to in 10 years.

If we were anything, we were honest.

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A guest post from Laurie Wagner In 2005, when my oldest daughter was 10 years old, she and her little sister were sitting in the back of my husband’s truck while he stepped into the store for milk. Leaving them alone in the car wasn’t the worst thing that happened in the five minutes that […]

The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

A guest post from Ryan Sallans The room felt as if it were shaking up and down until there was gentle pressure placed on the top of my knee. I looked down to see a brown leather shoe holding me in place, anchoring me to the moment. The shoe belonged to my therapist, who was […]

I went into the fire. We all did.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

A guest post from Maya Stein A few months after my 40th birthday, I inherited two teenage boys. Let me explain. In May 2012, I fell in love, quite unexpectedly, with a woman who lived three states away. We had been casual friends for a few years, and had only recently gotten closer. I was […]

The Old Skin

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

A guest post from Laura Simms “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” ― Joseph Campbell But what if the old skin doesn’t want to come […]

The Courage to Disconnect

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

A guest post from Leslie Forman 11pm, Monday night. I’m lying in bed after a long and stressful day, scanning through my phone one last time before I turn off the lights. An email from my boss pops up with a short but fundamental question: What’s the rationale for the way you’re organizing the website […]

The Courage To Love Myself Anyway

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

A guest post from Catherine Just Last February, I asked my husband for a divorce. From the outside it seemed the craziest thing I could do. He’s loyal, generous, funny, talented, honest, drama and chaos free. We have the same sense of humor, same interests, same lifestyle. He has a great paying, very secure career. He’s […]

I showed up. I opened my heart. I stayed.

Monday, April 6th, 2015

A guest post from Jill Salahub I spent many years not being myself. I attempted to live in accordance with what was expected of me, even when it didn’t match up with what I wanted or knew to be true, even when it wasn’t really me. When I measured myself in comparison to external expectations […]

The Courage To Change: a guest post from Tia Kelley

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I was born in the middle of the night, on the floor of a little stone house, in India. This isn’t unusual; millions of little girls share the same birth story. Mine takes a turn for the unusual when I include the fact that my parents in this moment are young European hippies living in […]

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