Why Courage Counts

It’s been almost a week since the Presidential election, and the United States couldn’t be, well, more divided really.

I was surfing around the net looking for famous quotes about voting and elections and rights and government… and this one really struck me because it seems pertinent no matter where you find yourself on the political spectrum, but also because it’s something to consider when we, personally, are faced with opposition, dissent and division.
From an historical great, Sir Winston Churchill:

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Courage, the right to speak your mind, and from maturity and grace, the intuition of knowing when to remain silent.  That often elusive humble skill of listening.  Wow!

We ALL know we need more practice in the latter part of this quote.  It takes great courage to attempt to understand that which is foreign to us, be it a difference of opinions with your spouse, a battle of wills in the office and even two political parties agreeing on a plan to balance the budget.

Can we all pause, and listen to the other? Ah!  Imagine the work that could be accomplished.