QUOTE: Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

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  1. This comment hits home. Over the last six months i have been in recovery. After years of inner struggling i finally broke down and asked for help. I opened up to my family about my addiction and finally addmitted i needed the help they desperatly wabted for me. It took more courage than i thought to get to that moment. Once I asked for the help, though it took time, struggling, yelling, unwillingness, and many other aspects of excuses, i was forced to like the quote says sit down and listen, which actually was a line my father used many times in my life. It was until i was in rehab and now in recovery that i realize it doesii in fact take just as much courage to sit and listen. I was allowing people I love and who looked at me as strong and willed, to see me at my weekest and now asked for their help because in all reality I was dying inside and it was for the first time i could admit it aloud. During recovery i sat and listen and willingly learned about my disease. I had the courage to face my demonds. At any time i could have walked out but i chose to stay. Six months later I have found a balance. I am able to stand and express my situation whether its for my self or to help others and I sit and listen so I can learn from others. By allowing myself to let others in and taking the time to research and listen and learn I have come a long way. I now have been given tools and knowledge that was needed in order to progress in my recovery. I hope my woords inspire others and that once this quote is read you too can find a situation in your life to where this too can relate. This is truly a powerful message and i hope that I too may have helped those who have listened thank you for your time.

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      Thanks for asking. It means it often takes personal strength and courage to listen openly with knowledge that you might have to abandon a pervious belief if you cahnge your mind. Many people fight blindly for beliefs that they haven’t fully examined and passionate conviction becomes close-minded obstinacy.

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      Maria,
      I looked around to find the answer to that question and there are a lot of different sites that claim a lot of different times. However, one thing I did find that most agreed on was that it was said during a conference held in Washington D.C..

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