Out on the Fringes

Courage 8/8/2019 Do you have a purpose in this world? It is no small miracle that you are here. What are the odds of you being conceived and surviving long enough to read this? One in a billion, maybe a trillion or more? What you have been given is a precious gift. What will you […]

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Courage 7/25/2019

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. -Marcus Aurelius And yet, so many think they can waltz through life without any struggle. Wrestling is hard. Do the hard things and become hard. ____________________ The Virtue of Courage Do you have the heart to forge ahead? Can you keep going even though your […]

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Wasted Mental Effort

There have been many times that I have played the scenario out in my head. Stricken with anxiety, I mentally act out each step. How will it go down? How can I prevent the inevitable? When the trial has come and gone, it rarely was ever as bad as I imagined it. All the stress […]

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The Top of the Mountain

Courage 5/30/2019: The Top of the Mountain There are some who seem to have King Midas’ golden touch. Everything seems to come easily to them. But this is only my perception. I do not know what struggles they had to overcome to get to where they are today. As for my own golden touch, I […]

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Push Past the Pain

Courage 5/16/2019: Push Past the Pain One of the best books I have read this year is Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins. This is an ultramarathoner and former Navy Seal who knows how to deal with pain and does not allow that pain to stop him from […]

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Courage 5/9/2019: Prepare for What May Come

I can’t count how many times it has happened in my own life. A chance to buy the “perfect” house, a great deal on a car, the awesome vacation. I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have the money. And those were just things. What about missed weddings, family reunions, job opportunities, and […]

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Courage 5/2/2019: Overwhelmed? Fight Anyway.

When you think of the Spartans, you think of warriors. You think of courage. You think of the 300 at Thermopylae trying to check the Persian invasion of Greece. The opposing force was overwhelming, but it did not matter to the Spartans. They were going to fight anyway. When you see the enemy coming, you […]

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Courage 4/25/2019: Legacy or Nothing

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind. Great actions speak to all mankind. -Theodore Roosevelt Action. Every time. We are defined by the things we do. Did I give my all every day? You should want to be thoughtful. You should want to have great thoughts. But what is the purpose if you are […]

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Courage 4/18/2019

If fear is the mind killer, then you must protect your mind by confronting your fear. Fear paralyzes. The sympathetic nervous system signals you to fight or to take flight, but fear paralyzes the mind and freezes the body. We have to calm the mind, analyze the situation, and face our fear. What is it […]

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Courage 4/11/2019

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. -Winston Churchill We all meet adversity, but not all of us face it with bravery and are willing to do what is needed to conquer it. You can let it lower you, or you can rise above it. How can you be ready when the hard […]

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