>> Friday, January 29, 2010
I stumbled onto a quote today. It’s from Helen Keller, who is one of my all time heroes. It says “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” I went looking for a quote because I had a friend who was pretty upset about something that happened to her. She was feeling hopeless in the circumstance she found herself in. Now this wasn’t a terrible circumstance. No life altering choices or decisions…just found herself backed in a corner not knowing quite how to react. She came to me for some encouragement and hopefully I was able to give that to her.
After our little pep talk, I wrote the quote down on an index card and brought it home with me. It just stuck with me somehow. I’m not sure if it was the words or the author, but I decided to investigate the true meaning of the words used. Here we go:
Brave ~ Possessing or displaying courage; valiant.
Valiant (Valor) ~ Courage and boldness
Patient ~ Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness
Joy ~ To take great pleasure; rejoice
You know in life we sometimes are discouraged by the things that are unfair or harsh. If asked, we’d want a life of peace and happiness. In truth, if our lives were all peace and happiness, we wouldn’t understand how to appreciate it. Sometimes it takes the uncomfortable or harsh things to push us to react with bravery or valor.
Now patience is a different matter. It (at least in my life ) requires practice. I have a mentor that always says never pray for patience, pray for wisdom. It’ a funny little quote, but it’s true…..we normally learn patience because we HAVE to not because we want to.
So I guess, I’m going to rejoice in the fact that I can learn bravery and patience. I’m also thankful that my life affords me the opportunity to experience joy.
Have a brave, patient, and joy filled day!