Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Eleanor Roosevelt said, "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You can say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." I completely agree with Mrs. Roosevelt. But if I could just add to this quote and make it a bit more user friendly, it would say something like..."Before stopping and looking fear in the face, be sure that you've fortified yourself with as much emotional, mental, and physical support as possible." Maybe all you need is your spouse, mom, best friend, God, or a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Whatever it is, I think it's important for us to get out of this mindset that to be brave....to qualify for the title, "Courageous," we must tackle our problems without the need of others, or our Heavenly Father, or medication. I think Eleanor's quote would be complete if it finished with, "You must do the thing you think you cannot do...but nobody ever said you have to do it alone."


  1. Great quote. You are both wise women! I've always believed courage is not the absence of fear but rather the belief in yourself. A good reminder that we are not given more than we can handle.