Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Courage, 13th December

13. Courage

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“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again”


The Buddha

The Buddha

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu


Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”




Today we are offering three quotes and a final summary at the end.

Our most recent post on our main blog site,, explains the lessons that we can learn from other countries about how to transform education in this country. The needs and rights of our children to be given an education that leaves them with a will and desire to learn are integral to what we are aiming to achieve.

We have been considering recently just how much we have learned from the Eastern Philosophies throughout the centuries, and there’s some really positive education taking place in certain Eastern countries that we should seriously consider as viable for changes to education in the West. It takes courage to challenge the ‘norm’ or the ‘established’ but we must do this for the sake of the wellbeing of our children and young people.

In the midst of adversity, such as recently sent letters to head teachers from our Secretary of State that implies he has lost all belief in teachers to act professionally, we need to be both resilient and courageous.

It takes courage to stand up to bullies, both personally and professionally. Yet we must stand by what we feel is right. Some things are too important to walk away from. A future for our children is definitely one, and we need a collective courage to do right by them.

We also need to take this courage into our own lives. We need the courage to be considerate. We need the courage to believe in ourselves and not let others undermine our wellbeing. We need to have the courage to go outside our comfort zones to explore what we don’t know and challenge what we do know. We need the courage to speak up if we feel neglected or unloved. We need the courage to be silent when that is needed instead.

The quotes today have deliberately been chosen to show what sort of wisdom we can receive from the East if we properly open our minds to receive their insights. A quote is nothing if it isn’t considered, internalised and acted upon.

Today, we’ll leave you with a thought on courage from the Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama XIV

Dalai Lama XIV

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”


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