To Live With Courage Is An Every day Virtue
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.
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.
60 Minutes with John C. Maxwell: Summary of 360 Degree Leader; Talent Is Never Enough; Winning with People [Preloaded Digital Audio Player]
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