Someone I love is hurting and this pain is creating fear. This fear is stopping them from loving. This fear is stopping them from receiving love. This fear is stopping them from living a more fulfilled life. And there’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t stop the pain. I can’t remove the fear. I have ideas about what they can do to start healing – to feel less pain. To lessen the fear. But still my hands are tied because they need to take the steps to get there. I can’t walk that path for them.

“You’re so strong, Michelle.” I’ve heard that so many times from so many people. You see, I was in pain. I was filled with fear. But it wasn’t strength that got me from that place of pain and fear to where I am today. It was courage. I took courage and took the first step. The first step wasn’t easy. I didn’t care so much about easy when I did it. I wanted to be on the other side of the pain and fear that overwhelmed me constantly. I wanted to move forward and well, the only way to move forward is to move. Moving forward doesn’t necessarily require strength. It most certainly requires courage.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

We so often think we need strength or confidence or something else to achieve something. Sometimes, to heal a broken heart, the thing we need is just a little bit of courage and the rest will come.

With love, and thanks for reading ❤

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