“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences — good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as “ordinary courage.” – Brené Brown
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“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. – Rumi
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This one goes out to my dear friend Noëlle. She shared this quote with me just a week ago but this morning I saw the beautiful irony of it as she fretted about her scraped up external appearance following the 2nd day of her post bike-crash reality…. Tied to intravenous lines, cardiac monitors, pumps, drains, medicines, pain killers, internal bleeding, bruised, broken, dislocated, swollen, scraped, black-eyed, and hurting she was worrying about “not looking beautiful.” I couldn’t help but smile, knowing that to myself and to everyone around her, beautiful is exactly what her huge heart, big smile, and uplifting spirit already look like.
So I’m sending this one back to you pigtails……
“Being beautiful is more than how many people you can get to look at you, or how others perceive you at a single glance. It’s about what you live for. It’s about what defines you. It’s about the depth of your heart, and what makes you unique. It’s about being who you are and living out your life honestly. It’s about those little quirks that make you, you. People who are only attracted to you because of your pretty face or nice body won’t stay by your side forever. But the people who can see how beautiful your heart is will never leave you.” –Mark & Angel
P.S. Know that we’ll all be here for you through the worst of this because you freakin rock! Thank you for the reminder that…. “Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen.”
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