Brave

There are some things that are unquestionably wrong, right?
Or is everything up to interpretation?

Growing up, I went to a tiny Catholic school.
I may not remember everything they tried to teach me 
but I do remember the Golden Rule.
“Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.”
Apparently there is also a Silver Rule that states,
“Do nothing to others you would not have done to you.”
Same concept just framed with negations.
So how do I proceed when someone I love
breaks the rules?

I’m learning that I cannot “fix” people.
It’s not my job to tell them what to do
or how to be.
But shouldn’t I make them aware of what they inspire?
If people are aware, it gives them the opportunity to change.
If people aren’t aware, how can they possibly be expected to change?

“They may forget what you said-
but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Carl W. Buehner

What if I just forgive and forget?
What if I avoid a painful conversation?
Does that make me a lesser person
because I would rather avoid confrontation?

“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.”
– Indira Ghandi

I never loved my first name as a kid.
I remember getting a small, pretty ceramic plaque as a gift- 
I want to say it was from my godmother-
and it had my name on it along with what my name meant.
According to this plaque, 
Kelsey means Brave.

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