Courage

“Courage is the ability to continue to struggle in spite of setbacks, the determination to triumph over difficulties which most people would consider impossible. The real measure of a person is shown by their power of resistance, the point at which their courage breaks or doesn’t break. History is full of the deeds of men and women who won out against heavy odds through their indomitable wills.

If you can continue to struggle in spite of reverses, if you can keep the flag of courage flying through the darkest days of your life, no enemy can defeat you.

To cultivate courage, you must think courage, you must hold the courage ideal. To be a king or queen, you must think like a king or queen. To be brave, you must think courageous thoughts. Like creates like. The constant affirmation of power will create power.

Courage is a confidence born of a consciousness of power. It is an overpowering belief in your ability to meet any and all emergencies, to cope with obstacles, to master every situation that may confront you.

You can cultivate courage through self-respect, self-faith, self-confidence. Anything which makes you think more of your ability, gives you more courage. No one can be courageous who does not believe in themselves.”

-Orison Swett Marden

Finales

I know of many television finales that have disappointed me and many of you. Some of these for some people include the infamous scene from The Sopranos where the screen fades to black and the entire last season or episode of Game of Thrones. Often, I hear people talk about these endings to many of these stories, and they say the story was good right up until the ending, so they sometimes view the stories they cherished differently because of their endings. What this has taught me is that sometimes in life, in our relationships with people and things, the end is remembered more than the beginning and, possibly, if the ending was bad, the beginning might be thought of as being bad as well.