We tend to make courage too dramatic. Courage is often doing something simple, unpleasant, or boring again and again until we get it down pat. People who are physically challenged and who have the determination to get around their handicaps are great examples because their courage makes them test their limits every day.
– Dave Thomas (1932-2002) Founder of Wendy’s International Restaurant Chain
Isn’t that the truth - We have movies about courage that might lead us to believe that courage, real courage is the stuff of great drama and bullet facing heroics. But it is so much more than that.
Courage is going in for your first chemo-therapy treatment and then after getting absolutely sick from it…going back for you next.
Courage is sitting at the bed side of a sick child and praying for a miracle and for the faith and strength to let them go if that is required.
Courage is the person who gets up every morning rain or shine and goes running not because they love to run, but because they know they need to run.
Courage is saying no to desert at the resturaunt or walking by the cookie jar at home when no one is looking because you made a commitment to eat healthier and cut back on sugar.
Courage is telling your child no when you are tired and don’t want to have a battle of wills or perhap you just want them to think you are cool.
Courage is when you tell your family that we are having a “No Technology” day or weekend. That instead we are going to read, talk, walk, and play together.
Courage happens when we walk out of a movie, or turn one off at home because we just know that we don’t need to watch or listen to that kind of harsh or filthy imagery.
Courage is instead picking up a book to read quietly or gathering our family and reading together.
Courage is approaching a co-worker and apologizing for something you said recently that didn’t need to be said or could have been said with more tact.
Courage is making an effort to be less cynical and less sarcastic…when no one else is.
Courage is found in change and in making an effort to change who we are so we can stop just being, and start becoming more.
Courage and initiative are cousins… the person with courage takes it, and the person with initiative demonstrates courage everytime they do what is needed that no one else has was willing to do.
Courage is choosing what is best over what is convenient.
Courage is a choice….
I’m just writing stuff…. that I’m thinking of while I sit in the Sandman Hotel in Toronto Canada…. but I’d love to hear from you. What is courage, quite courage to you?