Stand strong.


There may be those who want to silence you or refuse to hear your perspective. Perhaps you are afraid to speak your truth. Take heart. As Brené Brown says:

“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is cor– the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But in my opinion, this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences–good and bad. Speaking from our hearts is what I think of as ‘ordinary courage’.”

Take heart. Your voice matters.


  1. Matthew Squire · January 10

    Is courage ever really ordinary?


    • Shari Swanson · January 10

      Good point, Matt! All courage is heroic.


    • Shari Swanson · January 10

      I take that back. All courage is extraordinary. Whether it’s heroic or not depends on what it is you’re doing/saying.


  2. Matthew Squire · January 10

    Thank you Shari. And what might be mundane for one person is courageous for another. We should all encourage courage 😃


    • Shari Swanson · January 10

      Yes! And also discourage intimidation. Thanks for your thoughts, Matt! (I love your ‘Encourage courage’. I can see the T shirts now!)


  3. Matthew Squire · January 10

    You are my muse. Thanks for your daily thoughts. You keep our brains moving 😃


    • Shari Swanson · January 10

      Thank you so much, Matt. It is very nice to know these little offerings are being read and enjoyed!!


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