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The Courage to Follow Our Dreams

The Courage to Follow Our Dreams

Guest Post on Courage by Jaslin Kalsi I have been blessed to be brought up by my amazing parents who always taught me to be courageous and follow my dreams no matter how insanely out of reach they may feel. Steve Jobs once said, “people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” This has to be one of my favorite quotes! It’s hard work to “change the world,” but the courage to me is in trying. It is inevitable that we will come across obstacles when we have ambitious goals; when obstacles arise, we must refuse to give up, using them as motivation instead. We must get back up stronger and carry on. To me, this is what having courage is all about! I am 26, and I have had my fair share of challenges. I know I still have many more lessons to learn in this lifetime (but I embrace this for lessons make us grow). Last year was a rollercoaster; mostly with continuous drops, and I reached a crossroads in my personal life and with my career....

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The Courage to Make a Difference

The Courage to Make a Difference

Guest Post on Courage by Mongai Fankam (age 10) I would like to talk about what the word courage means to me. When I hear the word courage, the first thing that comes to my mind is to “stand up” for what you believe even if it means you are the only one who believes in what you want to achieve. Without courage, people lose their visions and their dreams ends up dying. I think to be able to follow your dream one has to be courageous. You have to believe in yourself. Let the world see that you believe in what you want to do and then you follow your dreams. As children, sometimes we fear doing the right thing, because we do not want to be singled out or talked about. I am in the IB program in school. Our teachers taught us that courage is like “being a risk taker”. We may not know what will happen once we make that decision to do something, but we...

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The Courage to Take Action

The Courage to Take Action

Guest Post by Kristin Brumm I never thought of myself as someone who exemplified courage. That was a label others put on me. In my mind, I was only doing what I had to do to survive. I thought, at the time, that courage meant being fearless, and I was certainly not fearless. I’ve since discovered, however, that true courage is feeling fear and acting in spite of it. In the summer of 2010 my life seemed fairly ordinary. I was married with two kids, worked as a nonprofit director and had recently started blogging as a way of indulging my love of writing. What I didn’t know at the time was that my life was about to descend into a very frightening and dark place. The darkness, for me, was brought about when I was assaulted by my husband. It deepened when, two weeks later, he came under criminal investigation for possession of a large cache of child pornography. It took three years for the case to wind...

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A Little Bit of Me…(Alli, Age 11)

A Little Bit of Me…(Alli, Age 11)

(Excerpt from an interview between Alli’s mom (Sharon) and Alli, October 23rd, 2013) (Mom): Tell me a little about yourself.   (Alli): I’m 11 years old and in the sixth grade. I love animals and I love to make different characters of animals when I draw.  I have a passion for drawing and I enjoy swimming, chorus and playing outside with my friends. (Mom): What’s the best part about being 11? (Alli): Still being young, but old enough to do some things by myself, like going to the movies with friends. (Mom): What’s the hardest part about being 11? (Alli): Bullies. (Mom): Tell me more. (Alli): Well, last year was hard.  When you’re bullied, you feel small…sort of like a bug being crushed by a shoe. (Mom): Is it hard for you to stand up for yourself? (Alli): Sometimes. (Mom): Why? (Alli): Sometimes I feel helpless to change the situation. (Mom): If your friend was being bullied, what advice would you give her? (Alli): I would encourage her to try and stand up for herself by confronting the bully. ...

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