You were brave. You remember, don’t you?

No? Okay. Here it is. You were brave:

when you stayed; when you left;when you said, no, but let’s try this;

when you said no, never;

when you said yes, thank you, more please;

when your wave to the

cool kids

wasn’t returned (and still, you kept your head high);

when you kissed the ground (even though you wanted to shake your fist at the sky);

when you stood up;

when you stood down;

when you kept writing speaking teaching singing preaching


(even though...);

when you

danced with the shadow

(but didn’t go to second base);

when you were so worn out, but

made it count


when you

wore your heart on your sleeve

(it SO brings out your eyes);

when you believed;

when you trusted;

when you knew that

you knew


when you

raised your hand


when you took the

high road

(and not just for the panoramic views);

when you didn't feel so hot in the bathing suit, but

swam in the grace around you

just the same;

when you made your dreams your mission;

when you shelved your dreams for someone else’s (though you’ll never do THAT again);

when you

tossed your limitations into the volcano of your desires


when you

committed to your life


when you kept your promise to others;

when you kept your promise to your self;

when you kept your promise to your soul;

when you

trusted how it felt

(not how it looked);

when you kept showingupshowingupshowingup (even though the duvet beckoned);

when you


(REALLY forgave);

when you decided to stop deferring to others;

when you decided that enough was enough and that

you were enough

(oh, that was a good one);

when you risked it;

when you risked

telling someone they matter


when you decided

it wasn’t too late

, but also that it

also wasn't too soon

to just.get.going;

when you chose collaboration over competition,

discernment over decisiveness



over guarantees,


over certitude;

when you

tapped yourself in


when you switched gears (even though


was watching);

when you chose to love;

when you

chose joy


and, when you

chose you


So, you see? you keep showing it. You keep showing us.

You are brave
You are brave