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Once upon a time, like perhaps 10 years ago, I cut a quote from a magazine that was written by Miss Ann Nonymous. It reads: “The best way to feel really alive—and brave—is to try new things.” It fits my philosophy of staying young. Though I never thought of trying new things as brave until I realized that people I meet think I’m brave because I do try on new hats of experience; to me the untried is a challenge. But my attempts at learning the new holds limits. I’m game as long as it doesn’t require the kind of bravery that entails such things as a warrior’s face. The possibility of dying in the process doesn’t beckon me.

My youngest grandson is training to be a Green Beret. To me that seems like a Superman endeavor. Though I admired the imaginary comic-book character Wonder Woman as a child (never watched the TV version), I hankered not for any of her bravery. Yet my grandson is a real live man who faces daring challenges because he carries within him a protective soldier’s heart.

Yet I do realize that it takes a certain amount of courage to learn new skills that may see formidable. My kind of courage doesn’t take physical strength or a fearless drive. It only requires the “I can” attitude.

Begin Doing

Though I’m no longer young, I don’t have to think old. I agree with the late Walt Disney who didn’t believe in dawdling. He gave straightforward advice, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” I think about that quote when I start new projects—even when writing this article.

My first desire in writing is to write that which will put a smile on God’s face—and then on the faces of the readers. This being so, even if a piece concerns a sad tale,  I don’t like to close on sad note, but rather advance to gladness. That’s why God’s Word, though often relating dire situations, also gives us hope with such promises as Romans: 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

And if we have a penchant for light-heartedness, we can also take advice from an imaginary character, one the famed writer A.A. Milne made us humans love. Christopher Robin tells Winnie the Pooh, “You’re  braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” So I ask, why not go for it and try new things?

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.


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