In response to yesterday’s post on courage - several of you responded with some of your thoughts on what courage is…. and they were insightful and inspiring. I have included just a few of them below…(Wait til you read the last one!)
From Deirdre Russel
courage is letting the other person be right.
courage is not having to make others wrong to prove my point.
courage knows how to let go
courage is sometimes found in something as simple as a smile.
From Karen Staebell -
“Courage is” Standing up for something or someone because you know it is right, also knowing it will make you unpopular.
“Courage is” taking a chance on something different.
and yes, “Courage is” a demonstration of Love.
This is one of my most favorite– from someone who we will just call “N”
To me, courage is listening to negative feedback from friends and coworkers. Then, thanking them for being brave enough to be honest with me and working on the issue(s) to really change myself.
Often our friends and coworkers see things in us that we don’t see ourselves. Recently, a friend dressed me down for telling him what to do. He said that I do this all the time, and that it puts me in a very negative light. He went on to say that if I wanted people to respect me, I would stop right away.
It caught me by surprise. I didn’t realize I was doing this. To my friend’s credit, he did this in private and with great kindness. It may be the most significant conversation I’ve had in the last 18 months. I now have a new direction for my personal development. I pray several times a day, now, for the courage and perseverance to change this aspect of me.
(In this case courage is choosing to consider a co-workers feedback and choose to see it as a gift and invitation to grow rather than to be offended by it.) WOW!
Courage, what a great choice to make!