Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Rare Courage

The courage to be happy is even rarer than the courage to die.

13 comments:

  1. Well said, especially in the context of our BC discussions. Being happy certainly requires courage, but why is that? It seems like we would be biologically programmed to be happy, something like hunger, an impulse to just be content.

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  2. There's a lot of meaning in this even though it's so short, yet it's completely true. A lot of people would rather live and die content and secure, but unhappy, than to take risks and do what it takes to reach their dreams--which courage is a big part of.

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  3. What's sad is it's true and doesn't have to be.

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  4. I understand this... having the courage to be happy is not easy... it is scary.... no one wants to be hurt again...

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  5. I wonder if there are cultures where this isn't true? Happiness doesn't require any courage in the absence of worry and regret, so what we see as rare courage must come from people who don't dwell in the past or future.

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  6. I've had times in my life that I've filled too many hours with worry. I've seen some people do this for much longer... until that state became so familiar it was "normal." If you add to that the fear of change, you have a combination that is toxic to happiness. Meanwhile, we have the keys to our own jails. If only we have the courage to use them.

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  7. Usually, happiness is a laughter away. But, surely, there are points in the path of life where happiness seems farther than death.

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  8. ?

    This one makes me ponder.

    But I still give it a 10 because it made me really think.

    Still Ive concluded I don't agree.

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  9. I'm always amazed at how people will flat out resist happiness. They won't strive for it, even when their entire life is crumbling around them. The cling to what makes them unhappy because its the comfort they've known for so long....

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  10. So true, Marty, and well said! When faced with adversity, for example, you can simply lie down and die (give up, which is the easier route), or you can find the strength to move forward and muster courage from within.

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  11. Yep. It does seem that those with `everything' so often struggle.
    Cheers, ic

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  12. Excellent. Some come to value the weight we all have to lift and are stronger. Some think it's too heavy or have even forgotten they do have the choice to lift.

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