|Amelia Jenk Bloomer|
Saturday, July 20th
Today in the Episcopal Church we celebrate the lives of some pretty courageous women. All of them stood up for the rights of women,the abolition of slavery, and other injustices at a time when society and the Church regarded them as inferior beings. To read more about their tremendous courage in the face of huge challenges, check out the Padre Mickey Dance Party blog.
Being courageous is not something I put
down when I write an inventory of my strengths. Fear and anxiety are
much more familiar to me. If I think about courage as requiring
boldness, as exhibited by these four women, I don't recognize it in
myself. Wordsmyth lists
several synonyms for courage—audacity, daring, gallantry, heroism,
pluck, prowess, spunk, and heart. 'Heart' resonates with me. One of
the definitions for heart includes “energy and courage; spirit.” I suspect I do have some heart.
|Elizabeth Cady Stanton|
[Insight] lets us see that the battle is not between good people and bad people, for the line between good and evil runs through every human heart. We realize that we are interconnected, as in a web, and that each act with pure motivation affects the entire web, bringing consequences we cannot measure or even see (Macy).
I would say I'm a pretty compassionate person who's become burned out because I have not cultivated enough insight into my interdependence with all other beings. I try to act from my ego—my separate self. I can work on changing this and cultivate both of the weapons of a Shambhala warrior.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.