Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Ordinary Courage"

A politician once told me, in talking about a panel he'd been on where some too-amazing stories were told, that he "hadn't had the opportunity to rescue any children from burning buildings lately."

Most of us haven't.

And yet, most of us do run into plenty of opportunities and needs for courage.

I just ran into a blog and website called "Ordinary Courage." I highly recommend it. Very different style than mine: Brené Brown, the head encourager there, writes with great warmth and at length, whereas I take a shorter and pithier approach to the some of the same subjects. But we share a philosophy.

From Ordinary Courage: "...speaking honestly and openly about who we and about our experiences (good and bad) is the ultimate act of courage. Heroics is often about putting your life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting your vulnerability on the line. In today's world, that's pretty extraordinary. For me, practicing ordinary courage means telling my story with all of my heart."

Me, too.

Brown is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me , which is about shame, which can seriously get in the way of boldness.

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Greta said...

Good Morning! I just now (5 days later) checked out "Ordinary Courage." You do share a philosophy and I enjoyed reading her home page. I've "found" so many different writing-related (includes motivation, courage, boldness) websites that I need to get selective or I'll spend my day reading about writing instead of writing. Thanks, Peggy.

PS: Your blog is the only one I read faithfully.

Peggy Payne said...

Thanks, Greta.

I'm the same way about books about writing. I fear letting reading those distract me.