Today’s mission is to find a word that starts with or contains, “val,” to use it any way we like, and of course to enjoy.
The first word that came to me was, valiant.
When I was still a child, probably and older child, I used to read the comic strip, Prince Valiant in the Sunday newspaper. It was a series that started maybe in the 1930s, and I think it might still be going on. Prince Valiant was around in the times of King Arthur, so there was a lot about honor and swords, chivalry and horses. I had a thing for horses in my late childhood and beyond, even to this day, so horses might have been part of the draw.
It seems I got a little bored with reading Prince Valiant as I got into my teen years and just started looking at the pictures as my attention became focused more on basketball and eventually boys. I don’t remember much about Prince Valiant, but maybe it set the stage for my love of The Lord of the Rings which I’m watching as I type this on Friday night.
The word, valiant reminds me of courage. Sometimes, especially in today’s world, we need a different understanding of courage. Being valiant isn’t always about charging in with swords drawn or guns blazing. As Yoda said, it’s not wars that make one great. We are now fighting an enemy that will not be killed with arrogance or belligerence.
“Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says
I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
We now need the kind of courage that helps us stay put and wait. There’s a courage in patience, the courage to face what comes up when we are still – the demons and dreads that we may have been covering up with busyness. But we can have the courage to find healthy ways to wait. The courage to try new things, to be creative, to learn who we are deep down and not run away. We are finding the courage to love ourselves and others enough to wait and be wise, to wait until the coast is clear and learn from this time of quiet waiting, to trust the timing.
And then we will have the courage to be valiant in fighting for the health of the planet and her people. But first we must live to fight another day and in a new way.
I went looking for some visuals of Prince Valiant and found this cartoon from the early 90s which I don’t remember seeing, (I was pretty busy then) but now, I want to. Watching the intro, I remembered the characters. You can see LOTR similarities. There are some interesting names in the opening credits, like Tim Curry who was the voice of Sir Gawain. You can read more about the animated series, The Legend of Prince Valiant, here.
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April 25, 2020 at 4:54 am
An entertaining and informative post. Thank you for sharing it.
April 25, 2020 at 10:03 am
It’s a pleasure, thank you for reading and for your positive comment!
April 25, 2020 at 6:53 am
Thanks Joanna. We are on the same wavelength. I really liked your post (maybe more than mine) https://jennyyoung27.wordpress.com/blogs/
April 25, 2020 at 10:17 am
I like your post a lot. It is very encouraging. I especially like how you recognize the valour of medical helpers and those who put their lives on the line to help others.
April 25, 2020 at 7:12 am
I think you’re right about the kind of courage required today.
Take care, JoAnna. I hope you have a great weekend.
April 25, 2020 at 10:22 am
Thanks, Dan. The shift is harder for some than others. I hope you have a good weekend, too.
April 25, 2020 at 11:42 am
Absolutely LOVE “I’ll try again tomorrow” All we can do sometimes. Makes me feel less weak seeing the quote. THANK YOU!!! You’re always a bright spot. We need more JoAnna these days 🙂
April 25, 2020 at 6:28 pm
Now that’s the nicest, heart warmingest comment! Thanks, Jill. I’m so glad you liked the courage quote. I feel the same way about it. My energy level seems to fluctuate a lot lately. Just trying again tomorrow, or even in a couple of days, is often enough to get us where we need to go.
April 25, 2020 at 8:36 pm
Might have been just a coincidence but I really needed to see that quote today.
April 25, 2020 at 8:43 pm
The longer I live on this earth, the less I believe in random coincidences. The stream brought that quote to me for a reason. 🙂
April 25, 2020 at 10:16 pm
April 25, 2020 at 2:37 pm
Thanks for another beautiful SoCS post. I agree when you say that “[w]e are now fighting an enemy that will not be killed with arrogance or belligerence.” The kinds of courage you describe touch a nerve. In order for me to build immunity to this disease, without the benefit of a vaccine at this time, will require the courage to face exposure and infection. If I’m to return to a new normal life, I have to be valiant.
April 25, 2020 at 7:38 pm
I’ve thought about that immunity building process. What we can do is everything within our control to be healthy. For me this means more yoga and a little more sleep. Be valiant and healthy, Rosaliene!
April 26, 2020 at 3:33 pm
Doing the best I can. Thanks.
April 25, 2020 at 11:05 pm
I love this: “We now need the kind of courage that helps us stay put and wait. There’s a courage in patience, the courage to face what comes up when we are still.” So perfectly put!
April 26, 2020 at 9:27 pm
Thank you, Laura.
April 26, 2020 at 12:09 am
I checked earlier, and yes, “Prince Valiant” started its run in 1937, so that’s 83 years. Others have run longer, but that’s some serious staying power. I think it runs in 300 newspapers, Sunday only. Valiant was also the name of a car, the Plymouth Valiant. Remember that one?
April 26, 2020 at 9:39 pm
Thanks for confirming about Prince Valiant. That IS a long run. I’m glad it’s still going. I do vaguely remember the Plymouth Valiant and just looked it up. The early 70s models remind me of my 69 Dodge Dart. Ah the memories. I should write about that car.
April 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm
Now that you mention it, they might have been the same car with a different nameplate. Just like Ford uses the same chassis for Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln cars that are the same size. The difference is in the appointments (the way the car is “dressed up”). GM does it as well, and no doubt Chrysler did the same thing.
April 26, 2020 at 10:59 pm
That would explain it. It seems my Dodge Dart was a little more streamlined, but that might have been in the dressing up. 🙂
April 27, 2020 at 10:18 am
Right. Plymouth was the bargain level, Dodge was the mid-level, and Chrysler was the luxury level.
April 26, 2020 at 8:36 am
I love that quote. It has given hope so often…
April 26, 2020 at 10:11 pm
The try again tomorrow quote has given me great comfort in hard times. I’m glad you love it, too. ❤ ❤ ❤
April 27, 2020 at 6:19 am
Yup. It’s like hope is the little voice that whispers maybe when the world says give up.
Courage is what’s needed to believe in the hope… and just hold on.
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