Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Courage and Little Courage

My friend with an ovarian tumor had surgery yesterday, and the news was: BENIGN.

What a huge relief, and wash of gratitude.

It occurred to me that in the challenges in life that require the most courage, we have no choice but to proceed.

It's with the easier stuff--hang-gliding, public speaking, returning tricky phone calls--that we have a choice and can get wobbly. Maybe we should remember that when it comes to courage: we're all marathoners. That very recognition could make the easier stuff easier.





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2 comments:

Debra W said...

Congratulations to your friend, Peggy. I cannot even imagine the huge breath that was released upon receiving that news.

And you are so right. I think that when we are directly put in the position of having to face something straight-on, tenacity and courage are often what rise to the surface. It's when we have the time to hem and haw, that we develop too many "what if" scenarios in our minds.(Hand-gliding!?!-Have you done it?)

Peggy Payne said...

Thanks, Debbie. And I did take a half day of hang-gliding lessons at Jockey's Ridge on the NC Outer Banks. That was back in my reckless youth.

We went off a lower dune of about 35 feet. I flew in erratic paper-airplane style for about as long as the Wright Brothers. Had one nose-dive, but there's a safety bar/triangle that prevented injuries.