Widowed young, Meg took orders for baking, to make ends meet. Her baked goodies were heavenly and she managed a decent living, to raise her son well. Now in college, her son marketed her work on social media.
Today she has a roaring business with clients all over the world!
Her debut novel ‘ A girl by the window’ catapulted Kaira from an unknown girl to a celebrity novelist. Now signing autographed copies of her book, her mind drifted back to the days when she sat by the coffee shop window observing people, where the idea of the novel was conceived.
The dictionary defines courage as “the ability to control fear and to be willing to deal with something that is dangerous, difficult or unpleasant”.
I always thought courage meant, to accomplish challenging tasks or heroic acts like scaling Mt. Everest, saving lives of people caught in a natural calamity, performing daredevil stunts or fighting terrorists.
But what I have come to realize is that, in our everyday life all of us exhibit courage at varying levels from seemingly insignificant to real brave ones.
Courage is not the absence of fear but to emerge victorious over it.
IT TAKES COURAGE TO,
Stand up for a cause
Try something out of your comfort zone
Follow your heart
Remain cool when anger burns you
Swim against the tide
Demonstrate a resilient spirit
Walk out of an abusive relationship
Take a stand against a social evil
Own up responsibility for a wrong done
Steering clear of temptations…..
I am sure there are many more you can add to the above list.
The general perception of people is that, we dismiss such acts as nothing of real significance. But we forget that the cumulative effect of these little feats of courage, goes a long way in boosting our confidence with a sense of accomplishment, when we recognize and acknowledge them.
Can you relate to any of them? Do share and inspire people, as to situations where you have exhibited traits of being courageous.
I break away from the frenzy of the turbid city life and head towards nature, to be lost in its ever welcoming arms. As I cross the city limits the landscape beckons me with an alluring gentleness. The early morning rays make a dazzling appearance behind the tangerine hues of the horizon. The green meadows revel in a golden glow of the radiant light.
I walk bare feet on the wet blades of grass, my hands feel the pregnant buds ready to bloom. I inhale the sweet fragrance of the flowers, and admire the meandering butterflies, as every sense organ of my body is recharged. The mind dances with delight at the tranquil surroundings which envelope me. I am awake to every passing moment as the energy from the intangible and sublime elements of nature converge into my inner most core. My heart sways to the soulful melody of nature’s song without words. These moments of solitude in nature is my sanctuary away from the humdrum of life.
Haibun is a Japanese genre of combining prose with a haiku (5\7\5 syllables). The key to the art of haibun is the graceful pairing of poem and prose, where the poem links to the prose yet shifts away from it.