Some thoughts on courage

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?

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4 Responses to Some thoughts on courage

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell October 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    You are the epitome of courage, dear Lin. xx

    PS And thanks for the email update.

  2. Adele Ryan McDowell October 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    So heroic, Jean. And you, too, for standing right there with him through all of his pain and challenges.

  3. Lin Charles October 16, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    Courage definitely holds a place in my heart. Thank you for affirming it. Love. PS I have a new email address:

  4. Jean Mellano October 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm #

    My Steve had so much courage. He suffered so much but never lost his dignity. He persevered for so many years in spite of his mental anguish.