Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Courage Gentle and Patient

A  L  O  H  A   from   Honolulu!
" Outward courage 
dares to die; 
Inner courage 
dares to live. "
                              Lao Tzu












" The overcautious 
accomplish little. "
                           Johann Friedrich Von Schiller














" Good ideas are not 
adopted automatically. 
They must be 
driven into practice
 with courageous
 patience. "
                           Hyman Rickover














Traditional Hawaiian Greeting
" The 
important thing
 in life is
 courage. "
                          Woody Allen





/'\
\./


I'm on a Courage Kick.
Feels like a new thing.

Strange, because it
took a lot of courage
just to 
survive my childhood.

But courage has 
to do
with a choice.

Running away
is instinctive -
as is 
fighting back.

I did both,
relying on instinct
a lot back then.

Reliable guidance
was lacking.

Some creatures
'play dead'
which, looking back,
is what I did
on the inside.

So many feelings,
so much hurt 
and turmoil.

Quieting all those 
bad feelings
was priority
and job
one.

I put them into
therapeutic coma.

So I was tough
cause life had been
tough with me.

Now it takes
Courage
to see what 
really is-

About me
about Life
about You
and each of us.

Life takes
a certain measure
of courage;
Amounts differ
with each unique
recipe
for each unique
"Who I Really Am.'

Pleased to meet me!

Pleased to meet You too.

I'm not tough,
I'm brave.

Brave enough
to be gentle;

How about You?

                     Fondly, cloudia



24 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...


Cloudia, that puts a new perspective on courage and how to deal with the world. It sounds like you found a good, workable way! Peace and joy!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Hmmmm......I had to identify coffee to prove I was not a robot today. Am I hallucinating, or just need a cup of coffee?

Nancy Chan said...

Nice pictures and quotes. Now it takes
Courage to see what really is- this is so true.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

very nice. I like the traditional greeting.

Adam said...

good quotes

Kayni D said...

Aloha! Love the quotes. Sometimes, life is tough. I know that for sure, but we have to find that courage to keep moving forward.

You know what I'm missing today? I could eat a good plate lunch from Ala Moana or would love to have some malasadas with my morning coffee.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've been thinking about this lately, wondering if my courage is failing me.

TexWisGirl said...

i have no doubt you are one courageous soul. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Kudos to you for being brave, Cloudia! It's not easy to overcome a sad childhood.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Writing your fantastic book must have been so therapeutic Cloudia, how about a sequel..are you working on it?

Teresa said...

You are amazing and getting more amazing! Keep on living and growing. This was a wonderful post, and you are very, very courageous.

William Kendall said...

I have been there myself. Walking away from it was the best thing for me. Well said!

Grand Crapaud said...

You are so right about courage and patience! - Charlie Ed

Halcyon said...

Beautiful words Cloudia.
I love your skies, as always. :)

Giga said...

I like the image of Hawaiian welcome and all the quotes. Regards.

Cloudia said...

Thanks so much, friends.
Actually, I'd like to sometime write a book with all my best blog stuff!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I marvel at the courage it took to share your personal history. Sometimes courage begets courage.

Karen S. said...

Me too, I think we're sisters from another mother! We need more greetings like yours everywhere we go. I adore that photo, priceless greeting.

Mama Zen said...

That's the best kind of bravery.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Cloudia, Lovely photos and wonderful quotes.. I think it is great that you were so brave as a child and are so courageous. Enjoy your day!

RedPat said...

I tend to be cautious but temper it with courage!

Tom said...

The last picture looks like two different worlds. Soon the folks living in the low-rise will be living in the no-rise! Aloha Tom The Backroads Traveller

Cloudia said...

Love your comments. Thanks, Dears <3

orvokki said...

This is very nice post.
Hugs