footprint-3099_640You thought you understood what it meant to be brave. Brave takes on a different meaning, though, when you are forced to face your fears every day.

Now you know how hard it can be to be brave.

Because being brave feels like standing at the edge of the cliff, all by yourself, when the only option is to jump, hoping the safety net you can barely see will hold. Being brave means walking to the edge of that cliff every day knowing that you will have to jump again.

Brave also has another face--the one we try so hard to hide. Being brave also means admitting, "I'm so afraid of what's next" and reaching out to say, "I need help."

You may believe only your jumps make your brave. Your vulnerability takes just as much courage. And both--jumping and crying--mean that you truly do your best during a time you so wish you could give back. Know you have what it takes to make it to the other side. And, rest assured, the world has enough tissue to catch your tears.

And, just one more thing about being brave: Your courage is contagious. You may think you stand alone at the edge or are alone in your need for help. We see you and hear you. Because you are brave, we can be, too.

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That is so beautiful! It reminds me of a quote, \r\n\"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.\" \r\nNelson Mandela\r\nI will be brave today, because I know who is waiting to catch me after I jump. Jesus will always catch me :)