What Does Courage Mean To You?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

The word courage can be confusing. A soldier enlists courage by saving fellow soldiers’ lives. A teacher possesses courage when he/she chooses to teach in an inner-city school where gangs run the streets. A law enforcement officer shows courage when he/she refuses to take a bribe. A teen grasps courage to say no to drugs. A person grips courage and accepts a beating instead of following a religion or political policy. A man or woman garners the courage to walk away from an abusive relationship. A person embraces courage to walk away from a high-paying job to serve humanity.

We open the dictionary and find descriptors like bravery, daring, boldness, grit, spunk, and a huge list of other words. We hold tight to what we believe is courageous.

In the scenarios above, are any of the people foolish?

A lack of common sense means different things to us. Behavior is based on our culture, faith, education, upbringing, social-economic level, and age.

Who decides if a person is courageous?

We each establish our perimeters based on our own moral compass. What’s courage for you may be acceptable behavior for me.

Is courage the state of being brave in the middle of a fearful situation?

What is the opposite of courage? A coward comes to mind, someone who runs from potential pain or danger. Yet, in some instances, it takes more courage to run than to stand and fight.

Are courage and love entwined?

Perhaps courage is the strength to love and move forward no matter where our decisions lead. Loving the unlovable requires a sacrifice; it’s a passion to consider others more important than ourselves.

I think of courage as bravery in the face of fear, to shove aside the feelings of how we might be hurt physically, mentally, or spiritually and reach out in unselfish valor that comes from love.

For me, writing means taking a deep breath and allowing creativity to guide my fingers over the keyboard. It’s a daily dose of much-needed bravery when so many writers want their words to be memorable.

One of my goals in novel writing is a hero or heroine to show courage in the midst of danger and for my reader to find inspiration to do something that is fearsome. The event doesn’t have to be the same as what the hero or heroine faced; it just needs to challenge the reader to be a better person.

What does courage mean to you?

DiAnn Mills

 

 


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Comments 12

  1. Sandra Lovelace

    You’re right about courage looking different to different people. To me traveling to Jordan and Israel on my own was simply a step I needed to take. It felt adventurous but not courageous. Those who heard of my trip responded with wide eyes and words like, “By yourself?” Hmmm, maybe it was my gray hair. 😉

  2. Frances Wilson

    Courage is coming out from my hiding place – behind my fears, where it has felt safer. It is accepting the fact, that some see me as less than God does, but refusing to succumb to that opinion. Courage is also persevering in my writing, believing God has given me something to say. It is still loving, believing, and trusting God, when circumstances tell me give up, or give in. It is keeping my eyes and my mind focused on God, rather than on happenings. Courage is knowing that my beliefs and standards are not rated among the popular, yet believing I am on the right side.

  3. Vickey Stamps

    Courage is being a single parent of four. Remarriage to a childhood friend. Becoming sick and almost dying of allergic reaction five times in 2 years and moving on despite the hands caps. It is earning college education while working fulltime. It is paying forward for the like and joy in it and knowing struggles can be blessings . courage is to keep on keeping on. From a 76 year old retired nurse.

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  4. Kim

    Thank you, DiAnn. This spoke to me in a very special way. I wasn’t seeing the “doing” of making my dreams a reality as courage. But, courage it is.
    God, give me your courage in every area of my life lost to fear. Thank you for DiAnn and your wisdom spoken through her. In the precious name of Jesus, amen.

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