Courage is the feeling that you can make it, no matter how challenging the situation. It is knowing that you can reach out for help and you are not alone. Courage is accepting each day, knowing that you have the inner resources to deal with the ordinary things as well as the confusing things, with the exciting things as well as the painful things. Courage is taking the time to get involved with life, family, and friends, and giving your love and energy in whatever ways you can. Courage is being who you are, being aware of your good qualities and talents, and not worrying about what you do not have. Courage is allowing yourself to live as fully as you can, to experience as much of life as you are able to, to grow and develop yourself in whatever directions you need to. Courage is having hope for the future and trust in the natural flow of life. It is being open to change. Courage is having faith that life is a beautiful gift. - Donna Levine Small I hope this poem helps some of you find courage and hope.