The coin of survival / Part 1
Courage is learned and it’s learned by being well prepared. Not only being prepared, but knowing you are prepared.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Courage is one step ahead of fear.
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.
Courage, after all, is being well prepared for something you didn't expect.
Be your own hero.
A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart.
Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down and lifting another up.
Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.
Your life is not just about you. It’s also about contributing to others.
Give out what you most want to come back.
Courage is strength in the face of knowledge of what is to be feared or hoped. Wisdom is prudent strength.
With the courage of the soul, we don’t focus only on self-preservation, security, or safety; in fact, such courage compels us to risk our comfort and safety, and sometimes even our lives, as we act according to our most deeply held values. This kind of valor comes from a higher source and is the necessary ingredient for us to create a different dream.
The emotionally mature individual should completely accept the fact that we live in a world of probability and chance, where there are not, nor probably ever will be, any absolute certainties, and should realize that it is not at all horrible, indeed—such a probabilistic, uncertain world.
One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.
Keep in mind that part of growing up is dealing with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help. Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of tough times all by themselves.
Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
Martin Luther King Jr. observed that those who failed to offer their aid asked themselves the question: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man what will happen to him?"
All courageous people have fear. They just do things anyway.
Research indicates that the highest performing managers and leaders are the most open and caring. The best leaders demonstrate more affection toward others and want others to be more open with them. They are more positive and passionate, more loving and compassionate, and more grateful and encouraging than their lower performing counterparts.
Being altruistic not only helps us to benefit others, but it is also the most satisfying way to live.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
The secret to living is giving.
We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.
But a hero should be somebody who can lift up other people with his courage and dedication.
Having children doesn’t make you a good parent, it means you had sex. That’s all.
“Do you know what it means to love somebody? Do you know what it means to love a tree, or a bird, or a pet animal, so that you take care of it, feed it, cherish it, though it may give you nothing in return, though it may not offer you shade, or follow you, or depend on you? Most of us don’t love in that way, we don’t know what that means at all because our love is always hedged about with anxiety, jealousy, fear—which implies that we depend inwardly on another, we want to be loved. We don’t just love and leave it there, but we ask something in return; and in that very asking we become dependent.
So freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something—and it is only such love that can know freedom.
One should not wish to enjoy where one does not give joy.
Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.