Forms of Courage.

I'll be honest with you: submitting this week's Equals Record post made me incredibly nervous - It's never easy to admit when you don't do something well. In my case, I've always prided myself on being an optimist, but I've realized recently that when it comes to dealing with the harder things in life, I've got some work to do.

As always, an excerpt from the new post: "For a span of several months, I had a Holbrook Jackson quote as the wallpaper on my computer screen. Happiness is a form of courage, it read. I remember reading this for the first time, years ago, and feeling electrified. I found it so empowering. Every day, we’re confronted with a myriad of reasons to be angry, bitter, disappointed, discouraged, worried, frightened. People get sick. Friends move away. Relationships fall apart. We lose jobs, miss trains, trip on the stairs. We say things we don’t mean. Do things we wish we could take back. Take risks that lead us nowhere. To choose to celebrate the good in life in spite of all of this - to focus on the positive when really, it’s the last thing we want to do - is a beautiful thing. I believe this wholeheartedly. But. I’ve learned a curious thing recently."

Read more at the Equals Record, here. You can find past entries from my column, Looking Forward, here. Thank you so much for reading - I appreciate your support!


  1. This post is very Buddhist and I loved it. Great job!

  2. I just read it, and completely agree with what you wrote...
    There is nothing wrong with feeling the 'negative.' In fact, those feelings which we often perceive to be 'negative' aren't really negative at all. They're simply the opposite of what we perceive to be 'good' and 'positive.'
    Every emotion is a valid part of life.
    Ronnie xo
    p.s. Also wanted to say thank you for your kind words about Cameron...

  3. Wholeheartedly agree. To feel is what makes us human. Sometimes I find crying strangely therapeutic when I'm really upset.

  4. Ronnie, so very true and so beautifully put.

  5. I love your writing. So honest. Btw, I SO agree, the same problem here, trying to get it over with :)

  6. thank you, that was a wonderful article and really, really hit home.

    i'm in the midst of figuring out my own life design/happiness goals and recently realized/learned that it can be a good thing to get (and act)angry- doing so helped me come to terms with my emotions and move on in a more honest and productive manner than in the past when i'd try to focus on the positive or just ignore what upset me. i felt really bad about yelling, but at the same time, it helped us move forward and grow.

    basically, your amazing article perfectly articulated what i just clumsily tried to explain. thank you!

  7. Great post and beautiful writing as always. You have such a great ability to deliver your thought. Thank you for sharing:) xo akiko
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