Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.  Believe in yourself.  Do what you love.  And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.  – Stacy London

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain 

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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I was drawn to this book by the title.  It sounded intreating, so I decided to buy it.

The narrator of the book is Death, as in a Grim Reaper type character.  The story is about a girl named Liesel.  She lives in Nazi Germany, with her foster parents.  Her brother died on the train ride to their foster home, which lead to her first act of book thievery.

Liesel struggled to adjust to her new family life and new school.  However, she had a scrappy attitude that won her the respect of the other kids in the neighborhood.

In spite of the hatred around them, she learns compassion and love from her foster parents.  She also learns about courage and how to survive during difficult times.

The book is a bit weird, but interesting.  I thought it was interesting and thought provoking.

Start Where You Are

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The book Start Where You Are is filled with journaling prompts and quotes to help motivate as well as inspire the reader.

My favorite quotes found in the book:

We must always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.  (EB White)

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.  (Dali Lama)

Live in the sunshine.  Swim in the sea.  Drink in the wild air.  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Fears are paper tigers.  (Amelia Earhart)

It is never too late to be what you might have been.  (George Eliot)

Dismiss whatever insults your own soul.  (Walt Whitman)

To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist that is all.  (Oscar Wilde)

 

I’m Sorry – A Hard Thing to Say

Apologizing is not always easy.  You have to be willing to admit to doing wrong, to being ignorant, or to hurting someone.  It takes strength and personal courage to apologize.

When delivering an apology be real and be willing to admit you were wrong.  We all make mistakes.  How you handle those mistakes is a demonstration of your personal character.

 

 

Disabled and Strong

Living with a disability can break you and leave you feeling weak.  However, it can also make you stronger.  It depends on how you react to the disability.

  • If you face challenges caused by your disability with a positive attitude and determination, you will get stronger.
  • If you learn to overcome obstacles, instead of quitting, you will get stronger.
  • If you develop resourcefulness and use that to succeed in your daily life, you will get stronger.

If you have a disability, don’t let it destroy you.  Instead use it to make yourself stronger.