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What Real Courage Is
What is real courage? Is it the ability to stand and fight? Or maybe it’s knowing when to concede defeat? Is it guts, audacity, daring. Not fearing to tread where others have never trod before? Or do we define courage by acts of heroism – those that serve their country or community. The people that leap into danger, with no thought to their own safety.
Real courage is hard to define. Most if not all of us will face a point in our lives whereby we will face adversity of some kind or another. At that point, we can define courage by the way in which we meet such difficulties.
For me, defining courage is easy. It’s the ability that allows us to face our fears. To conquer our darkest nightmares. To face our future when nothing is certain. To stand tall and confront those who oppose us and prevent us from realizing who and what we are.
Courage is a virtue and it is said that without it, honor, integrity, empathy and other such virtues have no base upon which we can build upon. Strangely, real courage often lies within the gentlest of souls.
A Woman Of Courage
I know of one such person - a woman of courage. She writes among us, spends time among us, and hides much of her darkness among her narrative. It’s there, should you choose to read it. Her talent for writing is formidable. And it matches her courage.
She’s almost a poster child for sufferers of cyclical behaviour. For women that suffer inordinate amounts of abuse and neglect. Yet her writing is her shining light and part of what defines her.
Her words are not wasted, her time is well spent. Her courage is, at times, misplaced. But she has the guts, the strength of heart to keep going. She’s a mother, wife, friend, sister and daughter. And yet she feels alone.
In a world so full, so overcrowded, she feels alone. Confused and unsure of what she must do, where she must go and who she can reach out to. She is unaware of those that watch over her. But watch, they do.
She is one of us. And she is not alone.
If, like the woman I write of, you feel alone, fear being alone - then look for the hand that's being held out to you. Take your own courage in both hands and change what you can
Small steps and real courage are all you need.
Courage quotes are intended to inspire and motivate us. There are thousands to be found around the internet and in between the pages of books. My favorite by far was spoken by Gandhi - a man whom no one could accuse of lacking the courage of his convictions.
In today's world, where real courage is demonstrated in a myriad of ways, day in, day out, it's a wonder that anyone would need inspiring to take their own courage and face their fears. But - we are none of us perfect and our flaws are what make us unique.
Some among us overflow with courage and strength, come what may. Others allow fear and dread to hold them back. One of the most beautiful aspects of valour is the fact that it's often given to those that need strength - at times when they'd least expect that they need it ...
Success is never found. Failure is never fatal. Courage is the only thing - Winston Churchill
The brave venture anything - Anonymous
With audacity one can undertake anything - Napoleon Bonaparte
Silence is evil's closest ally - Gary Amirault
You must be the change you wish to see in the world - Gandhi
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name - Robert Louis Stevenson
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage - Anais Nin
Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway - John Wayne
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor - Aristotle
Courage is knowing what not to fear - Plato
There’s an angel on the wing
he watches over you
yet even he is not alone.
An angelic host stands wordlessly by
They know, they hear, they see.
The fear, the confusion and pain
lashes at the hearts of the seraph
and yet they do not stand so idle
Your spirit remains in their keeping
Softly they strengthen your valour
your name they whisper.
They linger, watching. They hope.