If you Ponder about Courage
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD!
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
― Winston Churchill
A courageous person understands danger, and chooses to overcome their fear and proceed to face the danger and act according to their values. It is not fearlessness, recklessness, or rashness. It is a well-considered, wise, and brave decision to behave constructively despite the fear, discomfort, or temptation. Courage is a strength drawn from a wise balance between the weaknesses of cowardice and recklessness. It is the discipline to act on wisely-chosen values rather than an impulse.
Courage may be manifest as:
- Valor and bravery – Often called physical courage.
- Perseverance, industry, or diligence – often called endurance.
- Integrity, genuineness, or honesty – often called moral courage.
“Freedom lies in being bold.”
― Robert Frost
Courage on a Daily Basis
Not all acts of courage need to be known worldwide to be defined as brave. Here are some examples of ways to be courageous in daily life.
Trying a food that you’ve never tried before.
Engaging in a new experience.
Asking someone out on a date.
Doing something that might be a little risky such as sky diving or riding a bike for the first time.
Standing up for a person who is being picked on.
Asking for a promotion or a raise at work.
Helping out a person or animal in need, even if it might put you in a little bit of danger.
Standing up for yourself.
Leaving an abusive relationship.
Taking a stand against an unfair social or economic practice.
Doing something by yourself for the first time.
Making a public presentation about something you believe in.
Standing up against racism or prejudice.
Leaving a job that you don’t like and trying to find a new one.
Signing up for a program or class that intimidates you.
Checking out a soup kitchen, volunteer program, etc. to see if they offer any connections in helping to be more courageous.
Engaging in small acts such as the ones mentioned above can eventually lead you down the road toward more global acts of courage.
Simply getting involved with a volunteer opportunity at the local level can open doors to bigger projects involving human rights or rescue opportunities.