Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage - Lao Tzu
Before Mary made her entrance into my life I thought I was a little courageous.
With Mary I have realized that I am a lot more courageous than I gave myself credit for.
Mary allows me to let my guard down and be myself.
I don't have to impress her because she knows me inside and out.
One of my biggest fears is public speaking. I am a trainwreck, partly because of my deep dark fear of failure and then there is... gasp...the NJ accent.
But for Mary, I will risk it all and speak in front of her class, because she has asked me to.
I will ask her pediatrician a zillion questions and never once worry about sounding stupid.
I will pose (mug) for picture upon picture with her not worrying about how I look.
I will post her choice of picture on my blog, no matter how much I crinkle my nose, because she feels it's the perfect choice.
The definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger or pain without fear.
But I like the obsolete definition of the word, which is, the heart as a source of emotion.
Deep love does indeed give you courage.
And that courageous kind of love can be found in the eyes of your loved ones, in a cause you are passionate about, in the face of a homeless person, in the suffering of those who die for freedom, in the oppressed who are starting to fight back, or in the words of your Savior.
Peace - Rene