I must be honest. I felt a surge of mixed emotions when I read the word Courage. I think that courage is a word whose meaning has blurred over the centuries. We use the word courage when we refer to battlefield bravery, difficult physical tasks, facing a difficult emotional situation such as grief, and so on… You get the idea. It has become a synonym for stiff upper lip, bravery, toughening up.
We have lost touch with the word’s original meaning. It is actually a word that means ‘in touch with the heart’. That makes me think. Listening to your heart means courage. Doing what your heart tells you to do is courage. That boils down to recognizing that your heart is the emotional essence of ‘you’. Courage is being able to recognize it and accept your individuality, no matter how different one is from the rest. Therefore being true to yourself, being proud of yourself, accepting exactly who you are and what you feel is courage.
So courage is ‘I am thrilled to be me. To feel what I feel, even if others don’t understand it. To be as I am, even if others can’t accept it. To react as I do, even if others can’t relate to it. ‘
Courage is being completely in tune with who you are.