Surviving on Courage

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” Mark Twain

Every day, every hour, and even every minute we are struggling to show courage, to resist fear, to face the stress in our life or around us. People believe that laugh is a good antidote to fear. I received daily jokes about the Coronavirus. At the beginning I found them highly amusing, but after five months I stopped laughing. The statistics listed on TV are heart-wrenching. In addition my husband and I lost four relatives in one month, and I am constantly worried about very dear people working in hospitals.

I don’t want to depress you with sad stories, and I don’t have the heart to relate any funny anecdotes. So I would like to share something I read.

“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir

“Hugging is healthy. It helps the immune system, cures depression, reduces stress, and induces sleep. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and has no unpleasant side effects” — Except in time of CoronaVirus!

“Hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug.” But in time of pandemic we are advised to distance and wear a mask. How can we hug a person in need of a hug? How about replacing hugs with kind words? Think of the people in your life. We all need a virtual hug and words of encouragement.

“Hugging is the ideal gift.” No, sorry! Instead of a hug, give a kind word–You can’t even smile behind your mask!

“Hugging is practically perfect. When we open our hearts and arms we encourage others to do the same.” ~ Charles Faraone


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The Beauty of Blank Space by Josie Riviera

I’m the newest member of the Author’s Billboard, and I write sweet and inspirational romance, And, I’m thrilled to be included in such a remarkably talented group of authors!

I’m also a list maker. If you’re like me, your calendar is full, and your lists are endless.

Lately I’ve started thinking about blank space and realized there’s little room in my life to do … well … nothing.

Perhaps I could spend those extra minutes to talk with a friend, or gaze at the stars, or relax on my back porch? If I made a conscious effort to build in some breathing room, I’d have more time to reflect, and rest, and genuinely appreciate people. And, the flexibility of added hours will enable me to say yes to spur-of-the-moment invites.

In my books, my heroes and heroines are thoughtful, considerate individuals, who are an inspiration to others. I can only hope that I’ll do the same.

This month, I have two new releases to share. Both are FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

One is an inspirational romance:

Holly’s Gift, (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Book 5)

The other is a collection of 3 full-length sweet and inspirational romances in 1 bundle:

Leading Hearts: First Books in Series

Leading Hearts

Only 99¢

Remember to check out The Author’s Billboard Contest. We’re giving away Gift Cards, eBooks and other prizes! Just click on the link to enter:

And, to those who celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving!