Photos by Hamlin Grange
Courage is contagious, you know.
One person’s courage infects another.
I see this every day in our blogging community. We en-courage each other — with our dreams, creations, projects, relationships, life.
Even telling someone: “I know you can do this”, can make the difference between that person’s stepping forward or drawing back.
And there are other groups that we each belong to. Like my writers group, Spirit of the Hills. My email group, The Loopers. My church group at St. Thomas’ Anglican.
We en-courage each other.
We do so when we ourselves act with courage, though scared inside. We do it when we convince someone that — yes — you can do the thing that frightens you.
Friend Eva Lloyd persuaded me to come to her home — to read and talk about A Good Home shortly after its publication in 2013. I was stuttering, reclusive and generally afraid of my own shadow, but Eva promised me: “You’ll be fine, Cynthia. And what’s more, we’ll all be here for you.”
Eva and friends en-couraged me, and I took the risk.
My husband and I supported artist Don Corbett as he prepared for his art show in 2014, not knowing that Don planned some encouraging of his own. He invited me to do a reading at his show, then gave me a painting (see top photo).
Don en-couraged me.
At various times in our lives, everyone needs to be encouraged by others.
Thanks for your encouragement.
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Billy Graham
This post is dedicated to everyone who helps others to be courageous.