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We all recognize great acts of courage such as the man who stopped the tank in Tiananmen Square in China, and the firefighters and civilians who helped rescue people during the tragic events of 9-11. These stories are covered by the news media and we can’t help but appreciate the courage they represent.
On the other hand, people practice courage every day through actions that may not be seen on television or written about in newspapers. We don’t recognize them as great acts of courage.
These courageous acts are varied. I’m referring to those times when we faced down a fear; times we felt afraid or uncertain and yet continued on in spite of that fear.
While thinking about courage and what it means to me, I wrote the following words, “Courage is…”, to see what thoughts would come to mind. Here’s what I came up with:
- Courage is continuing to live when you’ve lost someone you didn’t believe you could live without.
- Courage is letting go of something that you’ve loved, but can no longer keep.
- Courage is having a dream and keeping its flame alive, even when others try to blow it out.
- Courage is taking on your own personal monsters, stealing their power, but allowing them to live.
- Courage is seeing your beauty, though it’s buried in self-doubt.
- Courage is reaching out to help someone, even when they scare you, harass you or seem ungrateful.
- Courage is forgiving when you want to hate.
- Courage is being who you are, even if others don’t accept you.
What about you?
How would you complete the phrase, “Courage is…”? I invite you to leave your thoughts in the comment box.