Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace,
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
from little things;

Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.

How can Life grant us boon of living, compensate
For dull gray ugliness and pregnant hate
Unless we dare

The soul’s dominion? Each time we make a choice, we pay
With courage to behold the restless day,
And count it fair.
~Amelia Earhart

Embracing The Possibilities

Wooden Boat
Veikko Suikkanen

You do not need to know precisely what is happening,
or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities
and challenges offered by the present moment,
and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
~Thomas Merton

Image Courtesy of Veikko Suikkanen (Thank You!)