Courage -- It Isn't Always What You Might Think

I recently heard a conversation about courage that got me thinking. We often think the one with courage is the one who stands up and fights. But sometimes it's the one who walks away that shows the most courage. Bluster does not necessarily equal courage.

Sometimes the courageous one is the one who takes a big risk to get ahead. But sometimes the one with courage is the one who puts in the miserable, boring, or backbreaking days just to keep his head above water.

Sometimes the courage is demonstrated by having the guts to get out when it's not what you want. But sometimes the courage is to stay and gut it out.

Sometimes the courage is speaking up and being heard. Sometimes the courage is keeping your mouth shut when what you have to say would make you feel better but would hurt someone else.

Sometimes the courage is shown by making a great sacrifice. Sometimes the courage is shown by demanding what you need.

Sometimes the courage is saying yes, when the task seems too large. Sometimes the courage is saying no when the task is unwise.

Sometimes the one who looks courageous is just foolhardy. Sometimes the one who looks cowardly is only careful.

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Scott / Lori said...

Hmmm. I can see the wisdom in those statements. Recently my daughter was courageous. She did the right thing and it was very uncomfortable. I am proud of her.

missy said...

Perspective is everything, isn't it? This post is brilliant. It is a great example of why we shouldn't judge. We are all muddling through the best we can and we really need to give others the benefit of the doubt.
Courage has a lot to do with following your heart.

Leslie said...

also a good posting.

true dat.