Courage to Grow

Move out or grow in any dimension and pain as well as joy will be your reward.

– M. Scott Peck, M.D., from The Road Less Traveled


I was listening to this book on the way home from work this evening, and this quote leaped out at me. This line captures the essence of courage, without mentioning courage at all.

Growth is painful. And it is the best way to experience joy.

Seeking joy means exposing ourselves to pain.

And deliberately exposing ourselves to pain is the very definition of courage.

I've been a soldier, a dreamer, a working stiff, a leader. A husband, father, example (good and otherwise), and now a survivor. I write about courage, because courage is what enables us to accomplish the impossible. If you draw breath, I love you. If you love in whatever way seems best to you and want others to love in whatever way seems best to them, I am your ally. If you believe someone is less than you because they do not love the way you do, I oppose you. If you see someone as a threat to be abused or destroyed merely because they do not look like you, or love like you, or worship like you, I am your enemy. I am a joyful and courageous man. And I stand with you who love.