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Let's Talk about Courage~ 
27th-Jan-2009 11:15 pm
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Sometimes it take actual courage to face the world and to get through the day. It takes courage for some people to drive in the dark . . . or in the snow. Sometimes it actually takes courage to check your friends list at LJ.

Courage comes in all shapes and sizes; it's not just about the men and women at war or the police officers in the line and fire.

It takes courage to face your critics, to face your friends after you fuck up, to face yourself in the mirror when you know you're not at your best. It takes courage to face facts.

It takes courage to finish your goddamned tennis match when millions of people are watching you wilt in the sun and you know you'll probably lose.

Sometimes it takes courage to speak up and tell the truth.

Is it a surprise that I often feel something close to contempt for the wimpish? Yes, compassion often intervenes, and I usually forgive both moral and physical cowardice. But I just love to get a whiff of guts, even in the most unexpected places. I can be a hard-hearted bitch sometimes, and I'm the first to admit it. But I love the sight ~ even the most subtle sight ~ of intestinal fortitude.

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28th-Jan-2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, Novak Djokovich failed -- again -- to show courage. You've now convinced me about him. I know I didn't agree after Wimbledon, but how many times can he pull this and still be respected?

And you did show courage by driving in the snow this morning. No doubt about it. That was scary stuff out there.

I very much agree that courage is about smaller things, as well as large things. Or maybe what we think are small things actually ARE large things, when you think about it.

Frankly, you've got more guts than anybody I know. (And far more balls.)
29th-Jan-2009 08:02 am (UTC)
Well, it's not really about me. I like to think I possess a certain amount of courage, but there are times I know I haven't truly been tested.

But, yeah, Djokovic is turning into one big Djok (and that is NOT pronounced jock!
28th-Jan-2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Courage: that's a beautiful word.

I'm guessing you will feel nothing but contempt for me in RL (really, well deserved), but is alright, 'cause here in cyberspace...everything is different and still the same.

Anywhoo, I been busy with the Porn Battle, glad that you liked the Alfred/Lucius ficlet.
29th-Jan-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
(Nyah, I reserve my contempt for whiny tennis players who are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their talent and then default in the major tournaments. I'm fed up with it.)

Okay, that Porn Battle just stumps me. I do not get putting all those entries into comments. It just seems like a horrible way to try to organize something, and then you don't get the entries in your friends view. I don't know how you keep up with it, but maybe there's a trick I'm missing.
29th-Jan-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Its the fact that you get and overload of p0rns, read stuff that you just don't regularly read. The urgency of it all...

The real trouble is for the maintener of course. oxoniensis put up a Website, that is updated after the battle is over. The writers are allowed to post their stories in their own journal simultaneously, as long as they put the porny part on the comment, and a link to the story.
28th-Jan-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)

29th-Jan-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
29th-Jan-2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Courage comes in many forms, no doubt.

I think having courage to do the many little things helps us to handle the big ones with a bit more grace.
29th-Jan-2009 08:06 am (UTC)
I always find the big things much easier than the small, personally. Annoyances can get me down more than crises.
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