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Courage

Courage is the ability to conquer fear; to confront danger, despair, pain and uncertainty.

Physical courage is required when facing the above, and, for most of us, death or the threat of death.  Moral courage is ‘acting rightly’, especially in the face of opposition, popular opinion and/or peer pressure.

Ernest Hemingway defined courage as “grace under pressure’.  Maya Angelou said, “Courage is the most important of the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.  You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man muster their courage, individually and collectively, to overcome their predicaments and follow the Yellow Brick Road.  Arriving at Oz they discover the splendid truth; that courage resides within each of them.

Daily living requires courage.  At times, just the act of getting out of bed and facing the day is valorous.  Overcoming trauma, difficult childhood, striving to become independent and authentic all demand courage.

This week I invite you to reflect on your personal courage.  Own the integrity, dignity and resilience that naturally arise from the practice of this essential virtue.

 

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