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Practice Courage | Queen of Your Own Life

by Kathy Kinney

She decided she was going to act as if she were the most courageous woman in the world until it was the truth. Practice makes perfect. – Queenisms™

Courage is sometimes one impressive act against all odds. But most often it is thousands of small, daily actions in the face of tremendous fear, doubt and challenge. Courage is practice by most women and we don’t even acknowledge it. We’d love to hear about your large or small acts of courage because when we share our stories, we encourage and uplift one another.

How have you been courageous? Do you get up every morning with pain but keep going? Do you dare to tell the truth in the face of lies? We admire your courage, Queens.

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4 Responses to “Practice Courage | Queen of Your Own Life”

  1. Rita Loyd says:

    What takes courage builds courage. And what is is building my courage is helping care for my 86 year old Mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Yes, it takes patience but to see her suffer is what is hardest for me. To see her wish she had her old life back. To see her struggle with eating and choking. To see my Dad’s face when she can’t remember him. To hear her say she wants to go home even though she is at home. To see her body wasting away. To hear her tell me how lonely she gets when I am not there even though she is safe at home with Dad. This is when I wish to be stronger. But I have learned that strength comes with time and practice and love. I have learned that you don’t have to feel strong to be strong. In fact, I am learning a lot. And am closer to my Mother than I have ever been. But it all does take courage.

    I am an artist and I paint as a way to see myself stronger. Right now my muse is the bear. I see the bear as a figure of strength and tenderness. And the bear has a fierce mother-child bond. A bond that can get through anything.

    Cindy and Kathy I love that your book is for older women (I turn fifty this year). And most older women will need to care for a parent or relative in their later life. Do you think you will write about this experience in the future?
     I would love to read your queenly perspectives on this subject. I think it would help a lot of people.

  2. cindy says:

    Our hearts and love go out to you Rita. Kathy is an only child and lost her mother after a long struggle. Cindy is co-caring for her 89-year old father-in-law. We get it. Although Alzheimer’s is a particularly challenging journey, many illnesses and the general path of aging is a struggle for everyone. So many of us find ourselves still nurturing emerging adult children while caring for and guiding our own parents through this part of their life journey. It’s hard to find time and space to live your life. Yet we try to stay conscious that this IS our life. What’s happening now needs to be fully experienced not overcome. We sure don’t have the answers, but we’re glad to be with you on this journey and we’re holding you in our hearts.

  3. Rita Loyd says:

    One of the most theraputic things I do to cope (besides write and paint) is to watch comedies every day. I buy my favorite comedy tv series on dvds and make sure to watch and get a good laugh every day. Laugh therapy. I think that is one reason why I am drawn to Kathy’s work. Her gift of humor!

    And Thank you for the reply. It touches my heart that I was heard. I know you all are very busy. Thank you for taking the time. I wish you the best on your book tour! It looks exhausting but well worth it!

  4. cindy says:

    Queen Rita, we both love laugh therapy and it’s gotten us through a lot of life’s challenges. 🙂

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