Saturday, January 2, 2010

One The Subject of Courage

Courage doesn't always roar:
sometimes its the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
I'll try again tomorrow.

~Mary Anne Radmacher


I remember my father saying to us girls,
Tomorrow is a new day.
I got in trouble a lot.
I suppose I needed to hear it.
It was a reminder that I had
the opportunity to start over fresh.
I never understood at the time,
how profound my father's word were.
All he got from us were exasperated sighs
and major eye rolls, having heard it 8 million
times before, and knowing those words wouldn't
save us from being grounded.
I never understood what he was giving
us...I do now. Courage, a reminder to keep
trying, that no matter how badly I'd screwed up,
I always had another chance to get it right.
We may not get do overs.
We do get start overs.

These words have served me well over the years.
More often than not I hear them in my head, when
life gets challenging. I dig my heels in, keep pushing through,
no whining, head held high, and get through quietly,
remembering I can, tomorrow is coming, all I have to do
is get through today.

I don't screw up so much anymore. : )

It's funny...growing up I was the child
who did everything but what she was supposed to.

As an adult I am more my fathers daughter than
either of us ever imagined I would be, and this is a good thing.

Tomorrow is a new day.
Tomorrow we begin again..

One love. One Peace. Always and all ways.


Becca said...

What beautiful insight. And such true words.

Good job Kate.

Kathleen (One Tree Past The Fence) said...

thnx Bex.

lol I think I'm done editing it.
you can read it again now. hahaha.

walking away from the keyboard!



La Table De Nana said...

I am glad I JUST read it..:) How touching~

Kathleen (One Tree Past The Fence) said...

I'm glad your glad Nana.

Love. said...

i love that quote! The rebellious child grown into wise woman - proof it isn't where we start but where we finish that matters most

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