Courage, just for today

November 3, 2014 | Life in My 50s

I was actually planning to post something else today, something about my pilgrimage to Italy (finally). But then I saw this essay by Glennon Doyle Melton of Momastery in my Facebook feed, and it hit home, so you’re getting that instead. I hope it’s just what you need to hear today, too. 

“Yesterday I got home from Storyline. Storyline is a conference about how to transform your life into a beautiful story- or how to recognize that your life already is a beautiful story.  It was created by Donald Miller, and now he runs it alongside Bob Goff and Shauna Niequest and this whole team of ridiculously creative, loving people -all of whom are my heroes. Don Miller asked me to speak at Storyline this year with all of these folks I’ve admired from afar for years.  There are no words for the gratitude and holy terror I felt about this invitation. Zero. None. I won’t even try.

“I prepared my speech for seven million hours and I showed up at Storyline in Chicago. I was scared but kept smiling. Straightaway- a woman I’d never seen before came up to me and handed me a bracelet. It said courage on it. I thanked her and put it on and stared at it and felt comforted by this message, but also kind of tired. I keep having to have courage. I really truly feel sometimes that I might just run out of courage like a car runs out of gas. I wished the message on the bracelet said: just go ahead and chill for a while.

“A few minutes later, a very strange thing happened. A different lady walked up to me and handed me another bracelet that looked exactly like the courage bracelet – except that it said: Today. My eyes widened. I put it on and it sat right under the first bracelet so that the message became “Courage Today.” This message clicked.  Just today. Just have courage today, Glennon. One day at a time. Today is all that matters.  …Continue reading HERE (So worth the jump.)

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