The True Courage
Having courage is more than just having the ability to move forward damning the consequences and facing all conquests with valor. It is more than being able to withstand our greatest fears and others' weaknesses. No, courage is about the character of our own moral beliefs and what we will do to stand by them.
It takes a great amount of courage to stand in front of a country and tell them, “I have a dream;” to travel as an astronaut and step foot on the moon. It is courage that will lead an army against a revolt in a neighboring village knowing it could possibly be the end of a life, but worth it because of the lives that will be saved.
Courage begins within ourselves; when we know something is not right, we are able to confront our own mistakes, and make amends to correct them. It is standing up for what we believe in and be strong for whatever comes against us. Courage is in knowing that it is not a weakness to shed a tear; but instead, it is strength to show the emotion that encourages humility, gratitude, and happiness.
Courage is the love of a child that can crawl into the lap of a stranger just to make the person smile. It is a person that has been dealt with life’s worst tragedies and still continues to thrive and live to the fullest means, not giving into hopelessness.
Courage takes a vital part in Strength, endurance, love, and kindness, innocence, virtue and tenderness. Without these wonderful things there is no valor, and without valor, there is no progress for our futures as there has been for the history of our great country. It isn’t something to dismiss as a thing of naught, but on the contrary, a thing to grasp hold of and never let go. We can learn so much from the heroes of our past, and present.
We have soldiers that fight for our country, believing, as we should, that what we have is worth fighting for. They plunge into dangers and risk their lives so that we can continue to live for our freedoms.
I’ll never forget what our soldiers have done for us; the wars that individuals have fought personally, for themselves and their families.
My gratitude for these courageous men and women is eternal. The courage they have for us is what we all should have for each other.
By Julie Nedele