What is your definition of courage? According to Google, it’s the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery and strength in the face of pain or grief. Brene Brown writes “the root of the word courage is cor – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Over time, this definition has changed, and today, courage is more synonymous with being heroic. Heroics is important, and we certainly need heroes, but I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage. Heroics is often about putting our life on the line. Ordinary courage is about putting our vulnerability on the line.While courage can take on different forms, whether it’s in doing a good deed, change, communication, mindset just to mention a few. Perhaps courage is not something we either have, or we don’t but instead something that we develop as we encounter challenges and choose to face them. Courage and fear can both be present, and it comes down to what we do while we are feeling fearful. Just like confidence, courage can be exercised. Can you think of a time when you chose to be courageous? Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of our capabilities, both big and small and use them to expand how we see ourselves.
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Written by Carmen Debono