Wisdom from Donna Gates

Life is not supposed to be easy. We come here to learn to be a kinder, more loving and more courageous soul. Just as we grow from a small infant to an adult, our soul must grow from infancy to maturity as well.

Sometimes babies are diagnosed with a medical condition called, “failure to thrive.” Too many of us suffer from “soul failure to thrive” simply because we are afraid to fail.

But failure is good. If we try and we fail we learn humility, a wonderful quality to master. But failure is a great teacher only if we have the courage to pick ourselves back up again and keep pursuing our dreams.

Courage is like a muscle. Every time we attempt to do something and fail, it’s an opportunity to exercise our courage muscle and make it grow stronger.

My father taught me courage.

In October 1953, at the age of 32, my father, a Navy pilot stationed aboard a huge aircraft carrier, was suddenly caught in a deadly explosion. Badly burned, he crawled to an opening and called down below for help. It came immediately as he was pulled down into a room where nine enlisted men, all between the ages of 19 and 24, were now trapped….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Donna is the originator of Body Ecology, a world-renowned system of healing.

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Siti R.
Siti R.3 years ago

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others."

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago

Finished the article...her Dad was a pretty amazing guy.

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Thanks Gail.

Elsie Hovav
Elsie Hovav3 years ago

Courage yes I agree but love is really what its all about.

Nicole Weber
Nicole W.3 years ago


Sandra C.
Past Member 3 years ago

A very inspiring story and a positive message for all. Thanks for sharing.

Gloria picchetti
Gloria picchetti3 years ago

It turns me off when people say things like, "Life is not to supposed to be easy." Beleive me it's not & saying stuff like that just rubs salt into the wounds.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Gail for sharing this inspiring story and I can only echo Dave C's. comment.

Ram Reddy
Care member3 years ago


Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago