My one little word for 2011, chose me right out of the blue. I don’t normally participate in this sort of thing, but this year, it just seemed rather necessary. After all the drama, and changes over the last 3 years, it seems unfortunate that things aren’t settling down just yet. But there isn’t anything we can do about that, so what is required, is… Courage.
Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
I know there are many people out there who are battling their own evils, imposed upon them – not chosen by them. Their battles are truly epic, and I cannot actually imagine how much courage they need to face them, day by day. But in my own little world, in my own way, right now courage is needed. From the courage to stand up and face up to what needs to be done, to the courage to look and know that there is something better waiting on the other side.
Strange thing, but I was watching Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version) with the family last Friday, and at the end, when Alice became the champion, I realised that was my problem. I needed to stop being the white queen, waiting for my champion, to put on my Big Girl Panties, and DEAL WITH IT. If I needed a champion, what – was I going to get one on ebay? Not likely. So the time has come to be what I need. To stand up for what I need, to stop making apologies and excuses.
Courage comes in so many forms. Courage is needed by so many people, in so many ways. There is no recipe, no tried and true formula. But courage, with a good dash of hope, will see us through.
Sorry, I know I’m rambling. But getting these feelings out here, that’s courage too. And to my beloved Sister, all my courage is for you right now.