Definition: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear, with self-possession, confidence and resolution; acting in accordance with one’s belief despite criticism; bravery; valor.
When we have courage, we have strength of heart that enables us to continue on despite our fears - real or imagined. It does not mean we move forth senselessly or mindlessly, but that we simply do not let the fears of the mind, or override the spirit in the heart. The etymology of the word courage comes from the Latin word “cor” meaning heart. Following the truth of the heart is often a brave act, though some may feel it is all we can do.
Our heroes throughout history and in myth, acted from what they believed in at their innermost core, despite fears or how the odds may have been stacked against them. Their valor derived from listening and acting according to their innermost integrity.
When fear dominates, move into your core, into your heart, and strength of conviction, and let this hold you up. Embrace your fear and sooth it as a gentle, caring parent would a small child. Every step out of fear and into the heart is a hero’s journey of self.
Perhaps it is time to remember the strength of your inner convictions and let them guide your next steps, or your next thoughts. Be gentle with yourself and remember who you are. Move forward, despite fear. Garner strength from the heroes you admire, well-known heroes and everyday ones.
I think about Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and many others for the courage and strength they inspire, but more recently I am in admiration of the Tunisian and Egyptian people who gathered together with unified strength of conviction and instigated change.
Where do you need to bring more courage into your life? How will courage change your current situation? What are times you have acted despite fear?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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