Courage: the power to let go of the
familiar. - Raymond Lindquist
Courage: bravery, boldness, fearless, to act up to what
one believes - Oxford Dictionary.
Courage: also known as bravery, will and fortitude, is
the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty,
'Physical courage' is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship,
or threat of death, while 'moral courage' is the courage to act
rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or
discouragement. - Wikipedia
We saw courage displayed
right before our eyes in the death and funeral of firefighter
Derek Lovell. We witnessed the bravery of our armed forces as
they march before us on ANZAC day. We were reminded again of
the courageous rescuers of the Wahine disaster. These public
displays of courage give us tingles and goose bumps. They settle
into our national psyche and we are proud of our heroes.
Sometime the word "courage"
is assigned to us, put upon us, even when we are unaware that
we are "courageous". Mostly we just go about our ordinary
lives doing ordinary things that to others may seem courageous,
but not necessarily what we would recognise as being brave. For
example, it takes courage to grow old, to face ill health, to
juggle limited finances, to confront an abusive partner, to stand
up to a crooked boss.
It can take enormous
courage for some people to even face another day. I have several
friends who wait for their care givers to shower and dress them.
I have other friends who face grinding, tormenting, constant
pain. When I consider their lives, I would call them courageous
friends. Their pain, their bravery is hidden to all but a few,
yet how they inspire me. I marvel and feel proud when our athletes
participate in the Paralympics or the Special Olympics.
Courage fits into the
shape of each one of us. Who knows when we will be called upon
to display the courage deep within us? We are created to be courageous
at various levels in our every day life, so let's recognise and
honour courage in each other.
Courage: "Be strong and courageous!
Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with
you wherever you go" - Joshua 1:9