To Live With Courage Is an Every Day Virtue
The courage of individuals are being tested more today than ever before. Fear runs rampant as senseless massacres occur in our schools, and on the streets. In addition to all of this, now we are told to keep ourselves quarantined to protect us from a strange killer virus. Life's challenges present obstacles that sometimes make us want to give up.
The more courage we can demonstrate, as we face these trials, the less power each obstacle has over us. How do you define courage?
- 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 - the 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.
Fighting the Enemy
7 Tips to Help Build Your Courage
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.
The following tips will help to build your 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
- Learn to say no
Courage will help you strengthen your relationship with yourself and allow yourself to see the truth.
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.
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."
Rosa Parks - Unstoppable Courage
The Map to Courage
Make me the map of 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 love to you, my friend.
© 2011 Audrey Hunt