- Ernest Hemingway
The one who has courage to bring about a change is free from excuses. For the one who recognizes the need for bringing about a change, every situation is an excuse for doing something new. If there is no commitment to change in every situation, excuses are given and others are blamed. So there is nothing new that is done and nothing new achieved. Life becomes very interesting for us when we are willing to take up the challenges that it brings. We are not afraid of new situations and challenges but are able to make the best out of the situation, we are free from fear and have the courage to bring about a change easily and naturally.- Brahma Kumaris, Mt. Abu
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, I'll try again tomorrow.
- Mary Anne Radmacher~Hershey
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage "coaches" ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman
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.
- Carolyn Hax
Meditate on the image of a tree and think about its meaning. Visualize the growth of the tree of life from a seed to sapling to a mature tree. Now label the various parts of the tree (roots, trunk, branches, etc.) with what you think are the specific spiritual qualities which emerge from within the soul at different stages/phases of its journey through the time of the drama of life on earth.
In the above exercise, you could identify the roots of the tree with your childhood when qualities like carefreeness, innocence, obedience, etc. emerge from within the soul; the trunk could represent your youth when qualities like courage, determination, cheerfulness, etc. emerge; the branches could symbolize your middle-life when qualities like adaptability, tolerance, co-operation, etc. emerge; and the leaves could be a symbol for old age, during which qualities like contentment, humility (egolessness), forgiveness, etc. emerge from within the soul.
- Brahma Kumaris, Mt.Abu