“Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino.
This quote went along with the story of one lone sparrow being courageous enough to come inside while thousands of his kind remained outside. After the bird was fed he seemed to have disappeared through lattice openings which appeared almost impossible to have entered.
Every day we are given hours of continuous moments where we can be courageous.
What is courage?
Wiki defines courage as: the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.
Interesting…I had not put these two things together…that is until NOW.
Wait for it….
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
This is a quote Walter shared with me early on in our relationship. He said this book had saved his life after he and his first (practice) wife divorced. He even went so far as to purchase a case of the books and hand one to anyone in his life who was struggling. I can only imagine the legacy both Wayne and Walter left in their wake.
When I think of this specific definition of love, I typically concentrated on the part where this is a challenging way to live – rewarding yes! – but a challenge to embrace to the degree which I believe you needed to…in order to truly live it. I am in awe of how well Walter does this and aspire to embrace it as well as he has.
Now however, I realize the connection…having written of this evening’s combination of quotes: