CHOOSING COURAGE; FINDING PEACE
By Steve Goodier
"Do you know what my son James dreamed about last night?" a friend
asked me. "He dreamed about YOU," she went on.
"James told me this morning that in his dream he was being chased by
King Kong. Then he met you. I asked him if Mr. Goodier helped him. He
said, íNo! He was hiding in the bushes with me while the Boy Scouts
were beating King Kong with sticks.í"
Since I wasnít much help, thank goodness for the Boy Scouts!
Are you courageous? For most people, courage has little to do with
fighting imaginary monsters in nighttime sleep. It has more to do with
fighting those monsters of real life that keep us up at night. Real
courage is always found in everyday living. In fact, it is the one
ingredient that, when present in a life, will ultimately bring peace.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the great golfer, died of cancer. Her husband
stood at her bedside weeping shortly before she passed on. Babe said
to him, "Now, Honey, donít take on so. While Iíve been in he hospital,
I have learned one thing. A moment of happiness is a lifetime, and I
have had a lot of happiness. I have had a lot of it."
Babe found courage to meet two of lifeís universal monsters -- fear of
death and fear of the unknown. She chose to remember all that life had
given her rather than what was being taken away. She decided to meet
those monsters equipped with gratitude and a smile.
Babe chose courage. But what she actually found was peace.
You may be stronger than you think! Your real-life monsters can keep
you awake at night, or you can allow them to awaken strength and
power within you. Itís a matter of choosing courage -- and finding
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