Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid.
Franklin P. Jones
There are many kinds of bravery. I am not going to talk about the huge, breathtaking acts of bravery by firemen, by heroes, by people facing dreadful ills. Most of us will never be asked to face these situations.
This is about the little acts of personal bravery which people do every day. These are not acts which hit the headlines. Often they are the things we do not admit to, because to do so would be to expose our fears and vulnerabilities. (Or indeed, we don’t even see our bravery because it is just the thing we need to do.)
These are the small acts which we take even though we are scared - or as Susan Jeffers called it, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.
But these are acts without which we and often others would be diminished, such as:
Life is made up of lots of little acts like this. Most of them go unnoticed; many can provide a moment of kindness and happiness; a few can change the world.
Take a deep breath and be brave today. And remember to congratulate yourself when you have done it.
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