Years ago, I read an article by Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. in Psychology Today in which she talked about the universally-admired character trait of courage. Dr. Greenberg defined courage by the following well-discerned six attributes.
Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act
Following Your Heart
Persevering in the Face of Adversity
Standing Up For What Is Right
Expanding Your Horizons; Letting Go of the Familiar
Facing Suffering With Dignity or Faith
The etymology of the word courage comes from the French word “coeur,” meaning heart. That makes sense as courage requires more than a mental decision. Courage is a whole-self choice that calls us to expand ourselves and be more than we are at that moment.
A constellation of events, a confluence of circumstances can present a threshold to choose our authentic and Best Self — be it to stand up, speak truth, stay strong, walk into mystery, face the unknown, endure pain and more. Courage is a wholehearted endeavor.
Do you choose to show your tiger stripes or unveil the light in your eyes?
Does courage have a place in your life?