Thought for the weekend: Courage

Courage is one of the Character Strengths. For me, it is a virtue that takes work as it does not come naturally. I came across this very interesting quote by Maya Angelou (who died this week), and wanted to share it.


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“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” (Maya Angelou 1988 as quoted in a James Clear blog.)

This weekend may you have the courage to do that kind act you have been thinking about.
May you have the courage to be true to yourself and others.
May you have the courage to show mercy when the easy option is to be harsh.
May you have the courage to be generous when society tells you it is an ‘I – world’.
May you have the courage to be honest in a gentle, humble way.

May you have the courage to talk about these things with your kids and those around you.
Lots of love to you all this weekend R x


Resilience in kids

I have just read a fascinating article by Maya Angelou re resilience in kids.  Maya had a very unusual childhood with lots of difficulties to overcome.  She is certainly well qualified to give advice on resilience. The interview I was reading appeared on the DailyGood blog.


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Resilience is a word that is bandied around in our current world. Often I wonder what resilience means?  I wonder if my kids are resilient? What does it really look like? The quote I have chosen does not answer these questions specifically. It really speaks what we all know, but find so hard – we need to be careful what we say and how we listen to the precious kids in our lives.

The word schools can (I think) be easily substituted for parents, carers and adults.

“If you could leave our readers with one thought about how schools can best support kids and foster resilience, what would it be?

I would ask the teacher to be sure that this is the program—this is the job—that he or she is called to do. Don’t just teach because that’s all you can do. Teach because it’s your calling. And once you realize that, you have a responsibility to the young people. And it’s not a responsibility to teach them by rote and by threat and even by promise. Your responsibility is to care about what you’re saying to them, to care about what they’re getting from what you’re saying. If you care about the child and care about the information, you’ll handle both with care, and maybe with prayer. Handle them both with prayer.”


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And, an unrelated quote from her, just because I can …..

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

– Maya Angelou –