The cost of honesty

There is a word in the English dictionary which I fear above all else. That word is cowardice. My fear is that when the time comes to do something gut-wrenchingly difficult I will stand back, lower my head and walk away.

Most people have the ability to absorb a huge amount of (for the lack of a better word) abuse. Verbal, emotional, and potentially, physical. People can lie to your face, you know it, but be too coward to confront them about it. You could witness injustice, but choose to turn a blind eye in fear of retribution. Be discriminated against, but not have the guts to say anything.

For a long time, I felt I had to fight for every little thing. But now, one big battle every couple of months makes up for all the minor ones I forfeit every day. Some lost battles are small. Getting cut off in traffic. Taking shit from a boss. The everyday slights that drive us up to the edge. Some lost battles are life altering. Losing someone you love. Failing to achieve the one thing you have worked hardest for. – Ronda Rousey

The price you pay for this belief, is knowing not everyone shares your views. Some people are cowards. Some people choose not to get involved, not to stand up for themselves, take the abuse and keep going. You could pick a battle where you find yourself alone. The people you are trying to help or protect could be too coward to back you up.

There’s nothing you can do about it, accept it and move on.

Practice makes perfect better.

The reason why I put myself through the things I hate doing is because I am callusing my mind. Im training for life so that when something tragic happens in my life, I don’t fall apart. I’m training my mind, my body, my spirit so its all one so that I can handle whatever life is going to throw at me. – David Goggins

Cowards lie. They lie because they can’t handle the truth, or the uncomfortable situation created by telling someone something they don’t want to hear. I’ve heard people say the truth hurts, but so does deceit and lies.

Practice what you preach.