The Courage to Grieve, June 2017

Jun 22, 2017 | Healing Tip

Living with grief demands courage: the courage to keep living; the courage to learn from our losses; the courage to ask for help when we need it, and to persevere in new directions of healing; and the courage to keep moving through self-defeating thoughts, meeting our pain with compassion, and keeping our body and mind in motion as we continue along in the journey of grief and healing.

Sometimes we forget that we are courageous and we need a pep talk.

Here are some inspirational quotes you can use for that: 

Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.

– Rollo May

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.

– Leonard Cohen

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Courage is grace under pressure.

– Ernest Hemingway

We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.

– Helen Keller

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.

– Mary Anne Radmacher

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or you will be taught how to fly.

– Patrick Overton

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

– C. S. Lewis

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but what is still possible for you to do.

– Pope John Paul XXIII

Courage is being scared to death … and saddling up anyway.

– John Wayne

The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.

– Leo Buscaglia

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

– Steve Jobs

A man can only do what he can do. But if he does that each day, he can sleep at night and do it again the next day.

– Albert Schweitzer

Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God; God alone is sufficient.

– St. Teresa of Avila

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

– George S. Patton

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

– Robert Green Ingersoll

True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.

– John Petit-Senn

Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on the shifting carpet.

– Thomas Crum

It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.

– Black Elk