I shared one of my life truths recently, one counseled into shape by a pastor and friend. When I shared, the woman listening to me silently nodded, with a small, nimble smile. Acknowledgement? Recognition? Shared fate? What about you?

I grew up in a household ruled by someone who always had to be right, and…when someone always has to be right, someone gets to always be wrong. My mother was probably glad when I was born and the blame shifted. I don’t begrudge her. One of my siblings inherited the righteousness and blighted my life for long awhile. But (there’s always a butt in a family) –

There’s always an UP SideI believe it with all my heart. Even in a life circumstance that threatened to swallow my self-esteem whole.

So, here is wisdom to abut the truth: if you are always going to be WRONG – not matter what – you might as well DARE! This is where strong, smart, and bold is generated and fueled. In God I trust. He will gird and guide me in all circumstances. He knows my heart. He loves me, no matter what. He cares, so I dare, being/doing the best that I can.

Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again to annihilation can that which is indestructible arise within him. In this lies the dignity of daring.”  – Karlfried Graf Durckheim