To Live With Courage Is An Every day Virtue

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No Longer A Victim

The courage of individuals, world wide, are being tested more today than ever before. Fear runs rampant as senseless massacres occur in our schools, theatres and streets. Life's challenges present obstacles that sometimes make us want to give up.

fThe more courage we demonstrate, as we face these trials, the less power each obstacle has over us. How do you define courage?

Searching for words to describe the word courage, I discovered the following:

  • bravery - courage in the face of danger, difficulty, or pain.
  • mettle - spirited determination, ( a new word for me).
  • fearlessness - resoluteness in the face of dangers or challenges.
  • valor - courage, especially that shown in war or battle.
  • guts - strength of character and boldness.
  • nerve - coolness, steadiness, and self-assurance.

We no longer need to feel victimized. We may not be able to change the circumstances, but we can certainly change our thinking. And once we have changed our thoughts to positive, productive inner-dialogue, we are on the road to a happier life and success.



Dana and Christopher Reeves. Together again and in a place where he is free from wheelchairs and breathing apparatus.
Dana and Christopher Reeves. Together again and in a place where he is free from wheelchairs and breathing apparatus. | Source
Gandhi - A man of his convictions and great courage
Gandhi - A man of his convictions and great courage | Source
Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala, the Roosevelt's dog
Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala, the Roosevelt's dog | Source

The Courageous


When I think of courage, I think of people such as:

  • Christopher Reeves
  • Winston Churchill
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Mother Theresa
  • Martin Luther King
  • Rosa Parks
  • John E Kennedy
  • Eleanor Roosevelt

These are well known people, however I have had the honor of meeting other courageous, unknown individuals. Those who persevere, ordinary people, facing insurmountable challenge, furnish me with not only the desire to stand up for what is right...but to conquer my fears.

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." - Karl Barth

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways." - Gene Hackman

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." - Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." - John Wayne

John C Maxwell, author and lecturer, said..."Every time you prepare to take action, fear will to some degree come into play. It is at those times that you must rely on courage.

As we go through the day, the week, the month and the year, always do the right thing. By doing the right thing your choices will become obvious. Actions are a result of the choices we make.

The question of should I or shouldn't I becomes obvious when we do what is right. This is a good habilt to cultivate. Make it your personal motto. "I will do the right thing today". Begin with baby steps. "I will do the right thing for the next hour" and continue increasing the time until it becomes a way of life.


The Cowardly Lion


In the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz", we meet the Cowardly Lion. His journey is to meet the Wizard and ask him for courage. The lion lives in dreaded fear and wants to be brave more than anything. He learns such a valuable lesson and one that applies to us all. Fear exists only in our mind. Whenever we take a step into the unknown, we take a risk.

Here are some exercises to help us build our courage:

  • Ask your boss for a raise
  • Audition for a community musical
  • Ask for a date
  • Say "no"
  • Ask for a job or position
  • Ask for a favor
  • Ask for forgiveness

Courage will help you strengthen your relationship with yourself and allow yourself to see the truth.


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Rosa Parks - Unstoppable Courage

The Map to Courage


Make me the map to courage

Allow me to show the way

No detours and no shortcuts

This is what I pray ~

I want to be an example

Of doing the right thing

Even ‘tho a tear may fall

“Stay strong”, my voice will ring ~

Make me a map of courage

Supporting my fellow man

And giving good direction

To everyone I can ~

My life has not been easy

And soon my life may end

I’ll leave my map of courage

And much love to you, my friend

Written by Audrey Hunt - permission to use must be granted by the author

Resources - John C Maxwell - Talent is Never Enough

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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Wow another inspiring read from you, my friend. I love your poem.Thank's for sharing. God bless you.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

We seem to live in a time of less and less virtue! I'm alarmed and dissapointed in our society , where we are now promoting entitlements and attitudes. And I believe that its the baby boomer generation that's at fault. You though , continue to promoted a possitive mentailty and self enlightenment! Well done!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The poem is beautiful and the Hub inspiring. So many people refuse to sink into the quagmire of self pit, others run into it. I see courage in the small child who stands beside another who is being bullied or made to feel badly. Courage is a homeless person stopping to help another person who is in need. There are thousands of examples. Thanks for the reminder. HB


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WittyWeddings 5 years ago from Kansas City, MO

You create a very inspirational introduction into your poetry. I think your thoughts on courage really help make your poem impact even more.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

WittyWeddings - You gave me the feedback that I was hoping for. My poem was a last-minute addition. It is often easier for me to express myself through poetry. Now, I must go forth and live what I write :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hyphenbird - Your examples of courage add even more ways for us to recognize. The comments you leave on my hubs are a bonus for the reader. Thank you.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ahorseback - You have given me the best of compliments, as I work moment by moment to become more enlightened. The entitlements and attitudes that you speak of are like a bad virus, spreading germs of selfishness throughout society. Appreciation is fast becoming a word of the far past. What a shame!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and our hubfamily. On my way to visit you now:)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

The title of your hub caught my eye for a special reason. While in the early stages of a trial, one that would have surely killed me if "fear had not said its prayers," my precious son, a very young man at the time, watched me try to put one foot in front of another and go forward with the burden. One day he said something that has given me much food for thought.

He knew that I was totally dependent on God, that I had no power to help the situation, barely strength enough to continue praying, and that it was the gift of dependence on the Lord that I was clinging to as I struggled in the face of the weight that would have crushed me had I not clung to the truths of God's Word for His people.

In his quiet manner my son simply said, "Mom, I think you are very courageous." The thought of that moment overwhelms me to this day. He knew that the only reason I was functioning at all was because the Lord is faithful to His Word, but to hear him say that was so encouraging. It was a help to me that I will always be grateful for.

I thank and praise God for His omnipotence that He works according to His omniscience, and that through life's conflicts He is omnipresent. Indeed, "courage is fear that has said its prayers."

Thanks so much for reminding me of all this today, and for sharing your beautiful poem. It was a lovely surprise to connect your photo with it. Shows how important it is to check out hub comments!


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

In today's economic climate, thousands of us need everyday courage just to get through the day. Thank you for providing the inspiration to keep on keeping on through one more day, vocalcoach. You are such a blessing!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Courage is being terrified, but then doing the right thing despite the overwhelming fear.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Very nicely done. Lots of inspirational words here.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Perfect topic for you to write about Audrey, you are one of the most courageous people I know and such an inspiration to those you take the time to reach out to! Thank you so much for this every day "map" to survival! Rated up and beautiful!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is wonderful. You've mentioned some of my favorite people, Rosa Parks being at the top of the list. Can you imagine having the courage to refuse to move to the back of the bus when it had never been done before. Audrey Hunt's poetry is beautiful. Thank you so much.

Cheers


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

What a beautifully crafted Hub regarding a subject that many of us face. The poetry fit perfectly.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What an inspiring an important piece of writing. Up and awesome!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

What a Wonderful Upbeat Hub Vocalcoach, a little something here for all of us. All these people were so Courageous in their own Lifetime. An Everyday Map given to us from one of the Best here on Hub Pages! Yes, Courage is an Everyday Virtue.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

You seem to use Maxwell's quotes frequently-he must inspire you and I will have to look him up. (see the dominoe effect here???? LOL)

Audrey-beautiful hub, voted useful and up. I will add one more word to your already wonderful list: steadfastness. Courage takes a certain steadfastness to complete what has been started-the follow through.

Thank you for the inspiring hub.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b. Malin - Well, I thought perhaps we all needed a little "back-up" to empower us when life throws us a curve. Or, maybe I wrote this for me :) Thanks for your support my dear friend, which is always appreciated and welcomed.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thanks, pop. And while we're giving out thanks, just want to say that your hubs and great recipies are a combination I cannot resist. So...muchas gracias, my friend!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

vocal,

This is as gorgeous as you. I love being a teacher because I get to pull the courage out of every one of my nervous students. Funny, many remind me of the Cowardly Lion; and through the weeks, they realize how wonderful they are, how brave with the nursing they do and how strong they are becoming through increased education. They are prevailing through a myriad of stressors (single parents, ill or unemployed spouses, caregivers for parents) and working and going to school-- pretty courageous to me.

I love this and loved you for putting it out here for us.

Voted UP and UAB, mar.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." - Karl Barth

This is my favourite of the quotes. Thank you for a beautifully inspiring hub. Courage is so important, and something I think we can build over time.

My husband is a naturally courageous, bold person, and I have learned so much about courage from him. He will always just say, "just do it," and he follows this himself.

Thanks for a hub that touched my heart. Take care!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Encouraging and enlightening hub on courage. We have a tendency to admire people who do courageous thing as if they were somehow endowed with something we dont have but as your hub states courage is doing something in spite of the fear.

The most effective therapy for phobias is exposure. feeling fear and facing it anyways.

Enjoyed your hub.


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allpurposeguru 5 years ago from North Carolina

Awesome and voted up. This is one of the best hubs I've read recently. Allow me to add a favorite quotation from C. S. Lewis:

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.


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Derek_Lane 5 years ago from USA

Great hub thanks. I agree with so much of what you've said but one slight thing. I'm not sure we necessarily face more pressing challenges today than previous generations. Indeed in many respects I think we generally have things a bit easier in the developed world. However I rather suspect that is all about to change and we're all going to need our courage to do the right thing.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This is a beautiful, well-written hub about encourage. I thought your list of some well-known courageous people was excellent. Rated awesome.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Oh Audrey this is such a beautiful hub and it's you to the core.

A beautiful lady with a heart as big as houses.

I am so glad that I got to know you on here and here's to many more hubs to share.

Take care

Eiddwen..


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Beautifully inspiring. Loved those quotes. John Maxwell is also one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing these and the lovely poem.

You are an inspiration my friend. This was a message I needed to hear today.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

FaithDream - Hello, my beautiful friend. So pleased that you like the hub and Maxwell. He is such an inspiring and talented author.

You are also an inspiration to me and I love your hubs. Blessings to you today and always.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela - The list of courageous people are those that I admire most. While most of us only have bits and pieces of times to test our courage, these on my list lived courage everyday. Thank you Pam -


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

theseus - I thankyou for being the number 1 reader of my hub. I'm greatful too, that you liked my poem. And I thnk you, my friend for God's blessing and send the same to you. vocalcoach


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

So Many wonderful quotes, here. Yet, YOU are the courageous one , dear vocalcoach.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a wonderful lesson. We certainly need courage more and more.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

allpurposeguru - Thank you so much for your welcome addition to this hub. Wonderful! To know how much you enjoy my article means everything to me. I can't thank you enough. I also appreciate your rating.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tamarajo - Thank you so much for your comments. "The most effective therapy for phobias is exposure. feeling fear and facing it anyways." - is brilliant and so very true. A great reminder in every way.:)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Betty - I see you as a courageous woman, an example of virtue. It is not easy, by any means, to remain positive when things keep getting in the way, trying to prevent daily happiness. Prayer and meditation provides peace. Thank you, my friend.

WillStarr - Wonderful words of wisdom to follow. Appreciate your support, dear friend. Hugs

Chatkath - Now my day is complete. My lovely Kathy has filled my heart with such heart-felt words. Just for me:)

You are such a blessing in my life, thank you dear one.

randomcreative - Inspiring words have helped me so much. I'm pleased you were inspired as well. My day is brighter for seeing your lovely face today!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

prairieprincess - You have a wonderful husband...and he is blessed with you, his wife. A perfect combination. It sounds like he "walks the talk". It would be so nice to meet you both one day:) Thank you, prairieprincess.

alwaysexploring - I often think of just how much courage it took for Rosa Parks to be the first to refuse to sit in the back of the bus. Here in Nashville, one of our main streets bears her name. I feel so proud of her each time I am on that street. I wonder...would I have that kind of courage? Thank you, dear friend for liking my little poem. Have a beautiful day:)

mckbirdbks - When I was young and naïve, I could hardly wait to grow old and live problem-free. :):) Youth is indeed wasted on the young. Who said that? I bet the person was old, like me. Thank you, my friend and supporter of all that is good. Hugs


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Denise Handlon - Yes...you are absolutely on target with "steadfastness". Now, you must write a hub about that...because it is the key for developing courage. So, get busy:) And, I do like John C. Maxwell, however, I think Neal Maxwell is as good, if not better. Big hugs to you Denise and thank you.

Hello, Hello - I hope you are doing well and I am always happy to see you here. Do you realize what a special lady you are? Think about that. You have so many friends here on hubpages that love and admire you. And I'm right at the top of your fan list! Hugs to you, my friend.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

marcoujor - What a group of lucky nursing students - having you for a teacher and mentor. This world needs more like you! Boy, would I love to sit in on one of your classes. Thank you, my friend, for the great comments. Have a splendid day (or evening).


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Derek - Well, August 2 is just around the corner. We will see what happens. I'm so pleased to see you here and your comments are just great. Thanks for being so supportive. Have a very special day!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Eiddwen - Just love and treasure your comments, dear friend. And you are the very meaning of courage. Your enfluence and example of beauty and love will remain with me forever. We will one day know the answer for why our loved ones, even our own children, are taken from us.

Thank you for your support and love. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim - Ohhhhhhhh my, you have touched my soul. I thank you for such a loving and kind comment. May I live up to this. I send to you happiness for your heart :)


fashion 5 years ago

Interesting article.You have mentioned a few people and missed the great Muhammad Ali Jinnah.He was so wise and courageous man in sub-continent.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Vocalcoach,

Such a beautiful tribute to courage and only the ones who have looked fear in the face and smiled can truly feel good about themselves.

I liked what John Wayne said, "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."

And the I liked the list of the ones you chose to honor, and I loved your poem.

My sister had great courage in her battle with breast cancer---and so far she has won.

I learned to have greater faith from her—as I was there every step of the way.

Thank you for sharing your great writing with us.

Have a Beautiful Birthday with your love ones.

Bobbi


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fashion - Thanks for reading this and for mentioning the great Muhammad Ali.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Bobbi - Thank you for your marvelous comments. You have added much to my hub. It is absolutely wonderful that your dear sister won the fight with breast cancer. What courage! And what a beautiful sister you are to her to be so supportive. That is what love is all about. Hugs to you Bobbi!

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