What we do in these situations
defines our characters and our destiny.
Courage. How do you define it? How do you exhibit it in your daily life? Probably the best way I ever heard it defined did not see it as blind fearlessness but, rather, as movement toward a goal in spite of the fear. Many times we see acts of courage on TV or written about in books. Such situations, usually, show extraordinary moments in time in which someone acted in an extraordinary manner.
Courage. Most of us will never experience being on patrol in insurgent territory on foreign soil. Nor will we hold on to a dear friend as he dies in an Afghanistan firefight. Lt. Colonel Michael Waltz did. His story is told in Valor and his new book Warrior Diplomat. (Note: Lt. Colonel Waltz was a high school student of mine who has gone on to make a mark on our world as a Green Beret and advisor to the Vice President of the United States. All net proceeds from his current book go to veterans’ charities.)
Courage. Can you imagine being 14 or 15 years of age and encountering a hostile mob just because you wanted an equal education? The Little Rock Nine did.
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Courage. Samuel Adams, one of the fearless leaders for the American War for Independence said,
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
And he went on to fight against immense odds for a cause he was willing to sacrifice his life for.
While most of will never be in situations like Waltz, the Little Rock Nine or Adams, we still have situations every day that allow us to step up and demonstrate courage. To ignore the fear and move forward. Consider the following examples:
- Stepping up for someone who is the victim of a bully (I recently heard a young girl singing a song about how she helped a school friend back down a bully).
- Standing up to corporate bullies even when a job (your job) might be on the line.
- Speaking up for a just cause when you are a lone voice in the wilderness.
- Facing a debilitating illness.
- Bouncing back from a setback—and continuing to move toward your goal.
- Admitting that you made a mistake, accepting the consequences, and learning from your actions.
- Asking for assistance—maybe even admitting failure. And again, learning, growing and moving forward.
- Befriending the unpopular kid in class or co-worker in the office.
- Pointing out that gossiping about someone who is not present is, in fact, cowardly. And you lead the way by walking away from the gossip.
We have so many opportunities each day. We engage in little acts of courage that we may not even be aware of when we do them. What we do in these situations defines our characters and our destiny.
Make it a great week. And H.T.R.B. as needed.
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I love afro-history ! So seeing and listening your interview with Minniejean was amazing. She had enough courage to walk through a hostile mob. I can imagine the fear and nervousness that could of took place in her mind and heart. Courage is a huge piece of her character. That stood out to me the most. Simply because not many have courage or humility in their characteristic.
We all have the opportunity to show courage each day. Right?
In my humble opinion I think that the beginning of something is the first step or stage of subsequent events, in this case courage, it is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. Courage is going from failure to failure without losing Enthusiasm. by DIESEL.
Thank you for your insights!
After finding myself divorced from an extremely abusive man who burned down our home, I was broke, alone and scared. I knew that I had to make a choice. I could wallow in self pity and invite others to join in, or I could start taking baby steps to improve my life. Somehow, I found the strength to choose the latter. I moved to Florida, surrounded myself with good people, started college and left the past where it belonged, behind me. These changes did not come easy. I had to deal with grief and loneliness. I had to make some serious lifestyle changes, like giving up an alcohol addiction. I had to be kind to myself even when I didn’t feel like it. All of these things took courage that I did not think I had. But I believe that sometimes we don’t know how strong we are until tragedy finds us. I am happy that I have a productive and meaningful life now. I may not be exactly where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.
An inspirational story! Hopefully you are a mentor to those who may be traveling a similar path.
I Really admire the clip on the title history. It really showed me how far history have come for peace and dignity being that back then it was hard for blacks. They have great amounts of courage and stood for what they believed in. that just confirms to me that I can do anything that I put my mind to no matter what.
Yes, huge display of courage with lasting legacy.
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