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  1. Bill Hartigan
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

    A short, but deep, look at the subject. Thanks Jon!

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

      Thanks Bill!

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      • Andy
        Jun 26, 2018 @ 7:32 pm

        Jon I find your writing very inspirational and educational. You’re right that every small decision adds up to one large one, that will eventually change your life for the better. That’s if you’re making positive choices.
        Thank you Jon

  2. Holly Payne
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

    True stuff, Jon! “…he who is faithful with little will be faithful with much…”

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

      Amen, sister.

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  3. Blake Powell
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

    You’re right! The small stuff defines our path in life. If we can’t handle the small stuff, how can we ever handle the big stuff?

    Loved this post. Nice return to form. It’s been too long 😉

    Already highly anticipating the next one!

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

      Thanks Blake.

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  4. Don Sturgill
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:28 pm

    Good stuff, Jon. Thank you for the reminder.

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  5. Dana Bennett
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

    Thanks for this reminder, Jon. In recent years I’ve had to do big courageous things, but now am faced with many small (but mighty) challenges. They seem to be taking more courage than the big stuff. But I need these small steps more than ever, and they seem more scary than the big ones. I’ll keep taking them and hear you reminding me of their importance.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

      I’d be curious to hear what kind of challenges you’re talking about.

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  6. [email protected]
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    Your a really great writer Jon, seperate and in addition from your insight and wisdom.

    More please.

    Josh Wakely.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

      Thanks Josh. More coming soon.

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  7. Glenn LeBlanc
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    I try and follow E. Tolle’s ideas of “Successive Moments of Now” and its tuff to really get it, but your ideas
    presented here made me stop and think of it more clearly. ” Seeing Courage In The Blink of A Moment”.
    Thanks Jon

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:45 pm

      Yeah, E. Tolle confuses pretty much everybody, I think. Including me. 🙂

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  8. Eli Seekins
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    Thanks for this Jon.

    Really needed it today.

    It’s so true. The small things we do everyday prepare us for those big moments.

    It’s like training for a sport. You can’t expect to show up and be world champion on day 1.

    It takes lots of time and commitment.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

      Yep. It’s the sport of life, my friend. Greatest sport there is. 🙂

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      • Ken D Taylor
        Nov 12, 2017 @ 5:18 pm

        Jon, you already have one: “The sport of life, the greatest sport there is.”

        love to hear your take on this.

        And as for this post, as always, inspiring an insightful.

        One of the things I like to do every morning is ask myself, “Who can I help someone today?” And the help I’m talking about is simple easy-n-fun, from a simple compliment to letting someone else go first at the intersection.

        But I love the “extras” that I can add to my day.
        Cheers.

  9. Uthman
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the rare short message and encouragement. Its been awhile here… Pls don’t keep waiting for too long for another wonderful post.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

      Thanks Uthman! I’ll try to be faster next time.

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      • Ken D Taylor
        Nov 12, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

        Apologies Jon, the above post was meant to be here.

        Also, just exercising my courage in embarrassment. 🙂

  10. Cathy Hutchison
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

    Brilliant…”The difference between a coward and a hero isn’t a grand mission or a large crowd; it’s the recognition that the small moments matter. “

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  11. Abby Muller
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:55 pm

    Thanks, Jon. I need to begin walking several times a week. My first small step was to buy breathable socks. The second was to buy breathable shoes. The next happens tomorrow morning when I put them on and do a short walk. I am blessed to be able to make these purchases and to be able to walk for my future.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

      Go for it! You’re two thirds of the way there already. 🙂

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  12. Dan
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 3:56 pm

    I nearly deleted this without reading it, I’m really glad I didn’t, a great post Jon, thanks a lot.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

      Ha, victory!

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  13. Leanne Regalla
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:03 pm

    Love it, Jon. This is one to read again.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

      Thanks Leanne. 🙂

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  14. Milcah Phoi
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

    Thank you very much for the insight.
    Sometimes we need to be reminded of such things.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

      Most welcome, Milca.

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      • Teke
        Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:11 pm

        Thank you Jon. You words are always helpful.

  15. Julie
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

    Thank you for these encouraging words.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

      Most welcome, Julie.

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  16. Naomi Martin
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    Awesomely expressed. Thank you for this great reminder.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

      Thank YOU, Naomi.

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  17. Hedayah
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

    great article – please keep them coming !!!

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  18. Don Tipon
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

    I agree with you, Jon. But I would go further.
    People who choose to grandstand are often rewarded while those who choose to do the menial work are punished. To struggle while punished by social pressures takes courage.

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  19. Teresa
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 6:04 pm

    Loved this. Thanks so much. Will share this with my grandson.

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  20. Liz
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 6:19 pm

    Excited to see you writing here again, Jon! Love this post so much, in every way the small choices we make each day matter the most <3

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  21. jason harum
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 6:20 pm

    Thank you Jon…

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  22. Mel Wicks
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

    Hi Jon, I like the concept of growing courage like a muscle. I have been taking (courageous) baby steps to further my writing career this year. At the same time I have been trying to focus on my health and fitness, going to boot camp several times a week. I have noticed my muscles developing in both areas and, looking back, my baby steps seem like great giant strides when I see how far I’ve come. Sometimes I have taken a few steps backwards, but I’ve found the courage to keep going when it really mattered. Thanks for your continued inspiration.
    Cheers, Mel

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  23. Francis Quarshie
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 7:07 pm

    I’m inspired, Jon.

    From this post, I realize being courageous does bring healing to many. And that’s what most people need right now in life. It’s a give and take thing to do. I heal others and I get healed doing that.

    Thanks for sharing, sir.

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  24. Hannah Rose
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

    Sometimes you realize, looking back on a situation, that there was–for you–no other choice but the one you took because you were meant to take it, and your life began to change from that point. A new direction began in a tiny decision to take a different choice from your usual. You would not even have predicted it when you got up that morning because your mind was on what you had to do, not on what you might do. These moments become profound in their cumulative impact. To me, that’s what you were saying.

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  25. IrfanA
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

    Life’s biggest battles are fought daily in silent chambers of the soul. And that courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes, it’s the quiet voice at the end of a day that says ; I’ll try again tomorrow.

    Good reminder John.

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    • Jon Morrow
      Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:06 pm

      I was going to complement you on how poetic that is until I realized it’s a mashup of quotes from Mary Anne Radmacher and David O. McKay.

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      • IrfanA
        Nov 13, 2017 @ 2:42 am

        Your reply is a compliment.

  26. Thai Nguyen
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

    Thanks for this, Jon.

    I’m in my first semester of law school. This was just what I needed to hear.

    Cheers to you, mate.

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  27. Jessica Malnik
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

    Another fantastic post, Jon! 🙂

    Being courageous is all about being willing to show up, get uncomfortable and be vulnerable.

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  28. Judy
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

    It’s a pleasure to read you again Jon.

    When you write “one tiny, insignificant choice at a time” surely you don’t see it like that.

    I don’t believe any choice or any action we choose to take in pursuit of our wants and needs is insignificant. We’re all fortunate to have the ability to choose. And we’re all making progress no matter the size of our steps. And like you, we’re living in the moment and making wonderful progress.

    I so enjoyed reading this short but very flavoursome blog. Don’t be too long away. So, so many of us enjoy the value we get from your posts and this is no exception.

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  29. Rohan Bhardwaj
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 1:26 am

    True that.

    Courage is the not the absence of fear. It is the guts to go on and do things even when you are fearful, shy and vulnerable.

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  30. Diana Achieng
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 2:37 am

    Thanks, Jon. Just what I needed to hear. It’s not the big leaps but the everyday choices.

    Don’t take too long to send out another post. Keep them coming, they’re too valuable.

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  31. Sophia Cook
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 4:10 am

    Hi John

    It’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of reading your writing. I’m teaching 6th grade in Cairo Egypt right now, and I used this short post as a writing prompt. We are studying Greek myths and heroes. It generated some excellent discussion, in addition to resonating with me personally. Thank you, as always, for being you.

    Sophia

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  32. Kebabope Morapedi
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 4:51 am

    Truth told, time has us.We’re all 1099 contractors to life; and our contract is going to be up, long before we’re ready for it to be.

    Count on courage.

    There’s not one single power in this entire universe that can guarantee you’ll wake up tomorrow.

    Thanks for sharing this powerful post about courage Jon…

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  33. Shailendra
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:12 am

    Thank you very much Jon for reminding us, again that life is all about small courageous steps.

    Simplicity (small steps of courage) is most powerful and life changing.

    Waiting for upcoming blogs.

    Warmest Regards Jon 😉

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  34. Peter Kanayo
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 11:33 am

    Jon the courage to write everyday has improved my writing signicantly. I am not where I ought to be yet but I guess writing is a never ending journey that takes from pain to queen.

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  35. Marsha Ingrao
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    Thanks Jon, those decisions, those opportunities for courage never stop coming. If we mess up, another quickly come along. For those who bite off too much and fail, life brings new chances. The trick is moving on -either way. A hero doesn’t bask in his or her hero ness, they keep making small right decisions. Here’s to all of us to choose we’ll.

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  36. Vincent Hayden
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 1:58 pm

    An act of kindness today can lead to an act of heroism one hundred years from now.

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  37. Gustavo Domingues
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

    There is a big gap nowadays on that concept Jon, and you got it just right. Excelent text again, will be waiting for the next ones.

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  38. Rosemary
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

    I’m really interested in the minimum effective dose and your article sets out a similar scenario applied to courage. Practising in small doses leads to great results. Thanks Jon

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  39. Keri
    Nov 13, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

    What are the chances of finding this post the day it was published, while wrapping up my post on speaking confidence?
    Some believe courage is a precursor for confidence.
    Coincidence? Divine empathy?
    ~Keri

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  40. Michael
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 7:11 pm

    So brief and precise as its addresses all it takes to be courageous. We will continue to wait for your next post. Thanks

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  41. Rommel
    Nov 14, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

    Nice post Jon. Very inspiring. I’ll be needing the same courage in writing my first ( and not the last) blog. I am looking forward for more of your inspiring posts.

    God bless,
    Rommel

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  42. Nicah Caramba
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 9:42 am

    I want to change the world and help as many people as possible. Courage means I do small steps to achieve that, such as being kind to my neighbor or a stranger. Then I can move on to bigger things 🙂

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  43. Pat
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

    This list dropped into my inbox on a day I needed a lot of courage. When I saw it, I was overwhelmed and left it a few days before actually clicking to read the article and I’m so glad I did! Thanks Jon for such a succinct write up on what it means to be courageous!

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  44. Rach
    Nov 16, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

    I love your work Jon. I always look forward to your posts. Always such wise words.

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  45. Nicholas Zachary
    Nov 22, 2017 @ 6:18 am

    This post constantly whispers to me through out the day — THANK YOU.

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  46. Joel
    Dec 4, 2017 @ 11:05 am

    Thanks Jon for the affirmation that I am on the right track. For me courage is ignoring the negative thoughts in my head and the people who agree with them.

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    • Hannah
      Feb 28, 2018 @ 2:16 am

      I love your statement,Joel. I’d like to use it–may I?

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  47. Amy
    Dec 18, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

    I love your work Jon. I always read your post. You write deep. I really like this.

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  48. Angela Taylor
    Feb 3, 2018 @ 4:47 pm

    Outstanding Jon. I absolutely agree with you. It is often the smaller things that are remembered and mean alot.
    Take Anne Sullivan for example, her teachings helped one of the greats Helen Keller who touched many lives. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe that Anne was as well known in her time as Helen Keller. Both actually working together touched many many lives though.
    Then take Aretha Williams Robinson, the mother of Ray Charles, and how she pushed her son to learn independence despite his disability. Well, how many lives wouldn’t have been touched if she hadn’t helped him like that? It takes great courage to watch your child in pain and trust that they will learn themselves to keep going.
    Touching others due to a disability wasn’t his goal though. His goal was just to be treated normally, to live and that I find absolutely amazing.
    Can you imagine a world where everyone had the ability to treat everyone the same despite our differences?
    Your writing is absolutely amazing Jon. Thank you so much for sharing with others. Again, I believe that you’re absolutely right about smaller steps being meaningful. I also believe that larger steps can also be meaningful and even if others are scared for you, sometimes the only way to live life is to go on despite that. To take that larger step and not let fear hold you back. Fear often only keeps people in a prison away from life.That too can be hugely dangerous!
    Taking those larger steps without having taken the smaller ones though is also hugely dangerous. Sometimes cruel behaviour, etc. ends up leading you to greatness that can help thousands and touch lives. That is worth living for or at least I think it is!
    May everyone learn that and follow the steps meant for them without fear. May we help others to have the freedom of doing just that, because what were we borne for if not to help one another and live.
    Again beautiful writing. 🙂 You are a inspiration!

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  49. Imran
    Feb 28, 2018 @ 2:01 am

    Thanks you Jon Morrow!
    This post is very inspiring.
    Every day you have a nice moment.

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  50. Smith
    Apr 3, 2018 @ 6:45 am

    This is a really helpful post. Thank you Jon!

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  51. GOUNI
    May 6, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    Thanks for this courageous piece of content. This has actually shown me that in life courage is not by diving into dangers

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  52. Abhishek
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

    This list dropped into my inbox on a day I needed a lot of courage. When I saw it, I was overwhelmed and left it a few days before actually clicking to read the article and I’m so glad I did

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  53. Jack
    Oct 27, 2018 @ 5:24 pm

    Jon,
    These are hundreds of thousands of heroes who do their best to survive.
    Who cares?
    If they didn’t reach a good rate in the society, they just stay human beings for other people.
    Their live stories aren’t interested to people at all.

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