Thursday, April 19, 2012


When we think of courage, images of warriors come easily to mind. But courage is not always a physical thing. Courage of your convictions is one. It has been said that the freedom of speech that our country values is most needed by people with whom we disagree. People who hold popular positions and are popular speakers do not need any protection. Nobody is trying to shut them up. Courage then, is doing the right thing by letting the unpopular people speak. Having the strength to listen to another perspective and consider it even if you disagree.

Courage in pursuing a goal is when you press on and move forward to build according to your plan even if you have doubts about yourself or your ability. That's when courage is most needed. Anybody can roll with a sure thing, but it takes courage to persevere in the face of adversity because you believe in your goals, dreams and visions. Doing the sure thing is easy. Doing something challenging is what makes us grow.

The word courage comes from the French word for heart, coeur. Whatever the kind of courage you have in mind, or whatever kind you have experienced, the one thing they have in common is that it takes a lot of heart.

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