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Courage – Week 15

This week we were asked to review the following virtues that Ben Franklin wrote about in his Autobiography which is available for free here. Number them 1-11 in the order that I need to work on them.

The virtues are:

  • Self Control
  • Discipline
  • Enthusiasm
  • Courage
  • Persistence
  • Specialized Knowledge
  • Imagination
  • Decisiveness
  • Well Organized
  • Taking Initiative
  • Pleasing Personality

The one that popped out at me the strongest is courage. I had one friend tell me I have more courage than anyone she has ever met. That just goes to show that how I feel and how I look to others are two different things.

I can’t help but tell you that the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz has been in my head all week.

There are a couple of examples of courage that stand out in my week, so far.

On Sunday night, my friend Laura had the courage to leave her house and face homelessness even though she is very sick with toxic mold which has caused pancreatitis. I had the courage to talk to her brother, sister and mother about a very controversial subject that I am completely passionate about, toxic mold.

courage1I knew that in the past some of her family members had not believed that mold could be making her sick… and I knew this may be tough to do a fundraiser without their support. So I gathered up my courage… and I was pleasantly surprised and truly grateful that things went as well as they did.

I immediately started an online fundraiser for Laura (courage) and researched the legalities of that since I have not started a non-profit organization yer. I filed the necessary paperwork with the Department of Charities on Monday morning.

My husband is a member of the Elk’s and I am not. I have actually never been to the Elk’s hall without him. Wednesday night I had planned to go to the Elks to set a date for a spaghetti dinner and basket party for Laura and my husband couldn’t come with me.

As I was sitting in the parking lot, frozen, not from the cold but from that feeling you get when you really don’t want to do what you are supposed to be doing. I just kept repeating courage. And the more I said it, the more courage I got.

courage2When I walked in, I saw plenty of people I know and it was great to see everyone. I got to hear how great my son is because he volunteers for the Elks Friday night bingo… and I got to thank some of the people that helped to save my son’s life when he was very sick. If it were not for the fundraiser the Elks did for my son, I am not sure we would have ever found the toxic mold and gotten out of the house. I am eternally grateful for that fundraiser.

I see courage in my children, in Davene for trying something new with the blog roll list on the Monday night Digital Connections call and my dog is full of courage… maybe a little too much courage sometimes. The little dachshund thinks she can fight a Rottweiler!

I see courage everywhere… and I find it much easier to call upon the courage within me this week because I am noticing courage. Awareness is the window to the world.

Have I mentioned lately how grateful I am for the Master Key MasterMind Alliance Course?

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