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It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
-- Thomas Jefferson


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Live your courage

Everything in life involves some risk. But that doesn’t mean you have to live in constant fear.

Momentary fear can be useful. Yet if you give fear a place to persist it will reliably lead you straight toward whatever you fear.

Feel the fear, listen to the fear, take precautions based on it. Then leave the fear behind, because it has done its job and has nothing more to offer you.

Let your actions be partly informed by fear, not dominated by fear. Keep your attention focused on a purpose compelling enough to keep fear in its proper perspective.

Step forward with a tiny bit of courage and suddenly you have more courage. Make it your business to grow that courage by putting it to meaningful use.

Fear is not your enemy and it is certainly not your refuge. See fear for what it is, and live your courage for all it can be.

— Ralph Marston

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