It takes courage to stand alone for your beliefs in the face of intolerance and judgment.
It takes bravery to use your voice when presented with lies and betrayal.
It takes boldness to speak out when everyone else’s silence is deafening.
It takes faith to keep believing in humanity when humans tear us down.
It takes strength to get up and face your demons, your critics, your enemies.
It takes heart to forgive when those who hurt us don’t even know they need our forgiveness.
It takes tenacity, sometimes, to simply breathe in and breathe out.
It takes resilience to take one more step, look in the mirror, face your fears and live to fight just one more day.
Those who keep on keeping on in the midst of unwarranted aggression, torment, fear and bullying are warriors. They are the ones who are strong enough to refuse ultimate defeat. They refuse to allow the smallness, ugliness and false accusation of bullies to define them or keep them pinned down. But, remember–not everyone can hold on.
It takes just one to stand, speak, be bold, have faith, take heart, be strong and resilient with us–so that we no longer have to be alone.
Stand up. Speak up. Together, we are stronger, and just a little bit braver.
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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”