"Courage begins when we can admit that there is no life without some pain, some frustrations; that there is no tragic accident to which we are immune; and that beyond the normal exercise of prudence we can do nothing about it.
But courage goes on to see that the triumph of life is not in the pains avoided, but in the joys lived completely in the moment of their happening.
Courage lies in never taking so much as a good day of health or a good meal and fair weather for granted.
It lies in learning to be aware of happiness as sharply as our moments of pain.
We need not to be afraid to weep when we have cause to weep so long as we can really rejoice at every cause of rejoicing."
A friend gave me this 40 years ago. I've loved it and saved it all these years. The message is awesome about courage as well as life. This 'old friends' birthday is today - Happy Birthday my old friend - hope you're doing well . . .
It's funny looking at it how apropos this poem is to me today - compared to what I have learned in life and where my life's journey has taken me. You could say it is almost Chatty's Alma Mater. Full Circle.
It's a beautiful poem. I did some research on it and it's in a book by Marjorie Meachum Fedor called "Joy Comes in the Morning: A Book for Those Waiting for the Sun to Rise." She had to have gotten it from somewhere else because that book was only published a few years ago and my letter is 40 years old. Can't seem to find the originated of it.
Just wanted to share this poem with you today.