Thursday, March 25, 2010


courage - the state or quality of mind that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence and resolution; bravery

from the Latin cor, meaning heart.

Because I am thick, I only recently realised that encouraging means that you give someone courage. I really like that. I feel as if my life has required a great deal of courage, not because I have faced danger or been in frightening situations, but because I am a softy and take the “vicissitudes” so very hard. That is one of the reasons I miss my mother so much – she embodied encouragement.

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