Quote Challenge – Day 2

So I want to thank The Ugly Duckling’s Life again for including me in the Quote Challenge.  You should check out her blog, it’s really very interesting and cool.

So, here is my second quote, this one from a movie…I have yet to read the book the movie was based on, though I have it on my bookshelf and keep meaning to.  I’ve always thought it would be exciting to strike out and start a “new life” doing something as unique and challenging as running a zoo (though the family’s circumstances that led them to it were sad) or beginning life anew a la “Under the Tuscan Sun.” I’d like to think I’d be brave enough to go out into the world if the opportunity presented itself.

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”  ~Benjamin Mee (We Bought a Zoo)


And here are the rules for the Quote Challenge:

  1. Post your three favorite quotes, one on each day, for three consecutive days. The quote can be from any book, author, or your own quote.
  2. Tag three other bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

Along with other bloggers I’ve seen though who have done this challenge, I’ve decided to ignore rule #2. No one likes to be ignored at the party (and quite frankly, all of the blogs I follow are amazing, which is why I follow them), so I’m extending an open invitation to this challenge for anyone who reads this and would like to participate.  So – have at it!

4 thoughts on “Quote Challenge – Day 2

  1. It’s a matter of faith, which has not always been my strong suit. While great things can only happen while well outside your comfort zone, and you can’t leap a chasm in multiple small jumps, I’m never that sure that Mr. Mee’s “promise” is always valid.

    Twenty seconds of insane courage in the right circumstances can most certainly lead to drastic changes in one’s life. In my experience, “the right circumstances” usually involves having your back against the wall and facing very long odds with very bad consequences imminent.

    • I agree with you to a point. But I do believe that some chasms can be crossed with initial small jumps and 20 seconds of insane courage can change your life without your back necessarily being up against the wall. Asking your soul mate out for a first date for instance (as in Mr. Mee’s case). Taking that job across the country, or in another country for that matter, that you’ve always wanted (and needing the 20 seconds to screw up the courage to say yes to the offer). There are challenges/choices that we can face every day with 20 seconds of courage that can set us on a path of greatness or even just a happy life without having our backs against the wall to facilitate the need.

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