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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C: Courage

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"Come to the edge."
"We can't. We're afraid."
"Come to the edge."
"We can't. We will fall!"
"Come to the edge."
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Are you courageous?

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  1. I suppose I am. By your definition. :)
    Awesome post!

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  2. Liking the poem.
    No. I'm a big old scaredy cat. How's that for a Tuesday confession :)
    Lxxx

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    1. Oh, but you are courageous Laura. You really are. Every time you put yourself out there you show courage.

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  3. A great C word one we could all do with in certain situations in life.

    Yvonne.

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  4. I try to make myself courageous - crawling back after the knocks (for knocks read rejections...) and trying again!

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    1. It's hard isn't it? But still, we all keep doing our bit.

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  5. Two beautiful quotes about courage. Courage comes in many forms. Thanks for sharing!

    J.C. Martin
    A to Z Blogger

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    1. I agree. It's not all about cliff tops and burning buildings. Sometimes it's about making it to the end of the day, then getting up and doing it all again.

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  6. ...well played, Sarah ;)

    A most excellent C word.

    El

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  7. No, but I'd like to be. And I want this on a tee-shirt, too! :)

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    1. Oh, I think you are - and yes, a tee-shirt would be brilliant :-)

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  8. I'd love to be more courageous than I am. This is an inspiring quote. :)

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    1. I think we all wish that at times, but I suspect we're all a little braver than we think :-)

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  9. I am very courageous - in the ways that matter to me. You'll never see me bungee off a bridge.

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    1. Good point. We should save it for when we'll find it the most useful :-)

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  10. Sometimes I take a good shove to move in that direction, but I try to be.

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    1. Nothing wrong with a helping hand now and then :-)

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  11. Sometimes I am. Sometimes I don't want to be because it's harder and the "no's" get heavy and I want to quit, just for a little while but then that quiet voice finds me and demands more.

    What about you?

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    1. This is a great way to put it. It's not that we're too scared to be brave, it's just that sometimes it's easier not to be - and to pretend it's because we're frightened.

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    2. Exactly. But hopefully we always find the ability to move past that.

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    3. Exactly. But hopefully we always find the ability to move past that.

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  12. Ah, nice! Sometimes apushiswhat it takes. Am I courageous? Most of the time, probably yes. Certainly every time I send put a query letter or submit a manuscript! :-)

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    1. I agree, it takes real courage as writers to put ourselves out there again and again.

      And what's a few run-together words between friends ;-)

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  13. Ah, this crazy iPad! Visualize spaces between those run-together words!

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  14. I'm couragous on behalf of other people, but for myself not so much.

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    1. Oh Annalisa, you are definitely courageous. It takes courage to stand firm and not change your style when it would be so much easier to do exactly that.

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  15. Nice C!

    And yes I am courageous even if I am terrified most of the time.

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    1. If you weren't terrified, it wouldn't be courage!

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  16. Oh my goodness. I love those quotes!! In a million ways, I love them.

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  17. aaack!
    they pushed them!?!?!
    clings to a tree...
    NEVER GOING NEAR THE EDGE!!!

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    1. Hahahaha. I don't know if this will make you feel better or worse, but I read the last line as 'and they fell', not as 'and they flew' the first time :-)

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  18. I have the first quote on my blog. The second... Wow. So mean! I'm with Vic. :)

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  19. One of my favorite things about this challenge is meeting bloggers like you. Thanks for this.
    Karen

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  20. I love that quote. Well, they're both good but I mean the second one in particular. Lovely quick post thanks. I must take note and stop writing so much - argh!

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    1. It's not always easy to write short though, is it? It's been a real exercise in self-control for me to find short things :-)

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  21. Not always, and sometimes not when I really should be. Courage is not the same as fearless. Courage is being afraid to say or do something, but saying or doing it anyway. I probably give in to the fear more often than I like to admit. *sigh*

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    1. I totally agree. I don't care how wild something is, if you're not afraid to do it, then you're not being courageous.

      And we all give in to the fear at times. That just makes you human :-)

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  22. I think that I have been courageous. By starting my book and blog, it took a lot of courage for me. I agree with Colin too. That even when you're afraid and do it anyway, that's when your the most courageous. Nice post, Sarah.

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    1. Oh, definitely. I'm right with you there :-)

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  23. That is such an awesome motto and a great poem.

    I'm either courageous or a fool, I'm hoping it's the latter ;)

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  24. Sometimes, but other times it just might be me being stubborn or stupid.

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    1. Nothing wrong with stubborn now and then - and you're definitely not stupid!

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  25. Great post for C. Sometimes, I'm courageous. More often not, though, I think :-)

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    1. You're very welcome. Hope it helped :-)

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  27. Good one! You know, just getting down to write takes courage sometimes. That's helped!

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    1. I totally agree. Sometimes it seems like everything is against us!

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  28. This week, Game of Thrones started up. The Lannister family has a saying "Hear me Roar". It kinda goes with what you've posted here.

    "ROAR!"

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    1. Love the motto - some of the Lannisters are courageous, but I'm pretty sure some of them are actually insane.

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  29. I LOVE this so much. So much :)

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    1. Good. I hope it helps you sometime :-)

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  30. Great idea! I have days where I am. Great post, doll!

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  31. I love that sign. I need to put it up in my room!

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    1. It's definitely a good reminder, when such things are needed :-)

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    1. Definitely! And one I'll try to remember :-)

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  33. Any courage I have is definitely the quiet kind.

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    1. Quiet can be a heck of a lot more effective.

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  34. I once leapt pass a snake; that's gotta count for something, right?

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  35. Loved this, C day should be courageous day! No, sadly, I'm a big ol' chicken (in keeping with C day), but I do admire brave people very much :)

    Lovely post.

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  36. Courageous... me? Does attempting 26 musically-themed fiction posts, and hoping that it works out, count?

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  37. I think this blogging challenge has made me more courageous than I thought I was.

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    1. I suspect you were already courageous Melissa, you just didn't know it.

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  38. Just popped by.

    It takes courage to expose your thoughts to others. I admire the poet's abilities. It's something I can't do.

    Horst
    http://www.blogger.com/home

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    1. That's a good point. Fiction is much easier, I think.

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  39. Love this post! I'd like to think I'm courageous, but I can't say I've been tested in anything serious to know for sure.

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    1. And I hope you never have to test it!

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  40. What a lovely post. Signed up to follow. Hope you'll visit. www.widowsphere.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you and welcome. I'll be visiting you as soon as I'm caught up with my comments again :-)

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  41. I'm afraid of heights! But I've had dreams that I was flying and it was totally fun - does that count? Just Kidding. I hope I'm courageous. P.S. I've been looking for you in my blogroll and couldn't find you, yet I knew I was following. Turns out the new strike-through on the word "Empty" put you up at the top with the numbers and asterisks and things. Lovely post today, Sarah:)

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    1. Yes, it totally counts! ;-)

      I saw that with my blog, and thought I should maybe remove the strike-through, but i love the message it conveys :-)

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  42. I like the flying, but I'm not sure about the pushing ;)

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    1. Hehe, maybe a bit of a drastic way to get 'off the ground', no?

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  43. Love that banner. Firstly, I thought, oh, Sarah's written a poem. Tricked me! Wonderful post.

    Denise

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    1. I only wish I could have written that :-)

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  44. I am definitely more of a chicken than a courageous person, but I really love that quote about courage being a quiet whisper. :)

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  45. If moving to the other side of the world at 40 counts, then yes, I'm courageous! Nothing like being pushed to make you fly.

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    1. Oh yes, I'd say that definitely counts!

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  46. A great choice for the letter C!
    Loved it

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  47. I love that Radmacher quote, but never knew you was responsible for it. Glad to have a name with it now!

    I am trying to be more courageous. This quote is one that has inspired me when I've felt like I'm never going to make it as a writer. Lovely post!

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    1. I'm so glad you've found something here to inspire you. You CAN do it :-)

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  48. Love the quote. And yes, your choice of a post for the letter C made for inspirational reading!

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    1. We all need a bit of inspiration now and then :-)

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  49. What a very appropriate quote for whatever we're trying to accomplish.

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    1. Indeed, we can all use a bit of help at times :-)

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  50. Short and sweet. I like it! Sometimes, courage is all we need.

    Also - I tagged you in a post. Ch-ch-check it out!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I might sneak it in for 'L' :-)

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  51. Love the quote. I'd say I'm more courageous than I used to be, but I've still a way to go. I'm better at encouraging courage than displaying it :)


    Jamie Gibbs
    Fellow A-Z Buddy
    Mithril Wisdom

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    1. Nothing wrong with that - nobody would get anywhere without support :-)

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  52. I think I just may have to borrow this post for my children and grandchildren. Some of them are experiencing shifting sands and this might just give them the courage to fly!
    Thanks and looking forward to the letter D!

    PS I'm reading all of your posts, but my internet is acting up so I am off and on quite a bit. I posted a comment yesterday but I don't think it made it through the disconnect!
    Hugs~

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    1. It's nice to have the right words when someone needs it. And don't worry about your comments not making it, I know you're here :-)

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  53. I love how they fly at the end.

    Great C post.

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  54. I really admire the quote! What a great C post!

    Cheers, Jenn
    http://www.wine-n-chat.com

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  55. Great quote and poem!

    As far as courage, let's just say it is selective and I pick my battles for when to have courage and when to leave things alone! ;)

    Alana @ writercize.blogspot.com

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    1. A wise move. Sometimes, walking away is more courageous!

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  56. I like that poster. Mary Anne Radmacher had it right!

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