Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier.
This quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office and after that served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.
Though widely respected in her later years, Eleanor was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly her stance on racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold regular press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, write a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show, and speak at a national party convention. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband’s policies.
and in this quote Eleanor continues:
We do not have to become heroes overnight.
Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up,
seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared,
discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
Strength and Courage
I wish you a heaping helping of strength and courage as you go into your day today. Remember – just one step at a time. We are all in it for the long run… make it easier by choosing courage today.
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Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.
Face the sunshine.
What does “face the sunshine” mean? I think it embodies what we’re doing at Positive ThanksLiving!
Knowing that we are loved by the One who created us.
Being thankful for all we already have – living a grateful life.
Encouraging others and being encouraged ourselves.
Facing forward toward the goals we’ve set!
Being strategically optimistic isn’t ignoring the shadows in life, rather it’s focusing on moving forward.
Shadows – setbacks and issues – are always present in life. But we don’t need to keep looking at them! We can address the shadows if they’re addressable and then turn back to the sunshine and move forward.
Face the Sunshine
Where’s your sunshine?
As a Christ-follower, my source of light is God. When the shadows start to creep into my heart, mind, and soul, I turn to my Savior. All the setbacks and satan can be behind me if I’m facing toward Him.
So – where’s your sunshine?
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Never too old (or too young) to set another goal or dream another dream.
“Never too old…” This is a quote by C.S. Lewis, British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He’s the author of some of my most favorite books, which include the children’s Narnia series, and the adult tongue-in-cheek “Screwtape Letters“.
Is age your consideration?
Sometimes we might think we’re too old. Or too young.
Age is just an excuse, rather than a real reason not to set a goal or try something new.
Sure, our bodies age, but our spirits don’t need to match the date on our birth certificate. You’re never too old. Consider Mark Twain’s thoughts on the idea:
I am aware that I am very old now; but I am also aware that I have never been so young as I am now, in spirit, since I was fourteen and entertained Jim Wolf with the wasps. I am only able to perceive that I am old by a mental process; I am altogether unable to feel old in spirit. It is a pity, too, for my lapses from gravity must surely often be a reproach to me. When I am in the company of very young people I always feel that I am one of them, and they probably privately resent it. – Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 (2013), p. 266. Dictated 30 October 1906.
Look around you…
Take a look around at those who are succeeding in a dream you’d want to pursue. I’m guessing they’re at all ages and stages – so there’s lots of room for you too!
If you could set another goal, or dream a new dream, what would it be?
You’re never too old to write a book. Here are 11 famous writers that started late.
You’re not too old to climb a mountain. Robert J. Wheeler climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 85.
It’s never too late to find success in our chosen field! Here’s a book with 50 people who were over 50!