It isn’t that we have never been afraid; never worried or thought that we would most certainly die. We experienced all of that as we walked through the fiery hell of abuse, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders and trauma. That is what courage is for.
Now that we are on the healthy road, the one that leads to greater wellness, we face new challenges: Old monsters that rattle their cages, demanding our attention; sobriety’s call to a completely new lifestyle; pain that was so neatly medicated and tucked away; new truth that requires us to lay down old lies and beliefs, even when their replacements are not clear. This too, is what courage is for.
As we face the hard things in life, we meet two other companions: Strength and Wisdom. These can only be developed as we persevere.
May Courage be your most constant friend,
Along with Strength and Wisdom.
Keep these three close, and in the end;
You’ll smile at life well done!
Lovely hair, deep blue eyes;
A smile that melts your heart;
Soft, dewy skin with a radiant glow;
These are all a proper start.
But lovelier still is a beautiful soul,
Formed by hardship and blessings.
The one who has conquered and overcome;
Growing from all of life’s lessons.
Etiquette, manners sweet;
Fashion that looks just right;
Talent and scholastic accomplishment
Admired for being bright.
But more luminous still is a loving heart,
Tender and open to all;
Whose compassionate ways honor others;
This is most beautiful of all.
Outward poise, appearance:
Learning all the skills for society;
Will help you live and succeed.
But the deepest, most everlasting beauty
Can’t be honed or used to win;
It’s only authentic living that brings
Beauty that comes from within.