the art of courage: to see things as they are
believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid
but those who taste, in living awareness, every
drop of the good.
is so much good in this world that we simply do not
see. If we were to believe that the world is a
reflection of our newspapers and newscasts, it would be a
world full of crimes and death and destruction. But
when we consider how many days we've lived on this planet
and how few real crimes we've actually witnessed
(depending on where we live, of course), and when we
consider the number of good and kind actions that we've
seen that never have been in the papers, we start to see
the world in a different way.
good is here--it's all around us, just waiting for us to
tap into it, to take from it, to contribute to it.
It's in people who care and who give all they can to
others. It's in the small acts of kindness and mercy
that we see regularly. It's in the people who
volunteer to help others and the people who make a living
by helping others, like doctors and firemen and police
officers and teachers.
can spend our lives avoiding bad things, doing our best
not to have the unpleasant aspects of the world make their
marks on our lives, but if we try to do so, we'll be
backing away from life. And when we back away from it
we're backing away from the good as well as the bad.
Our greatest successes have come as the result of learning
through many failures and setbacks, and it's important
that we keep in mind that what we might see as bad may be
a necessary stepping stone to get to the good.