Personal Growth and Courage

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“Here is a great quote that I absolutely love. It says, “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It is about learning how to dance in the rain.” I like it because it reflects the purpose-driven courage that we need to achieve our vision and fulfill our life’s purpose regardless of our circumstances. The word “courage” is actually derived from the old French word, courage, whose Latin origin, cor, means heart and spirit. It resides within, and although most of our study of courage comes from historical and political figures, there is abundance of courage in everyday life that we should recognize and appreciate. These would include people who stand up for their principles or values, volunteer for the difficult assignment at work, or start a new business in their neighborhood. 

All major accomplishments that we see were daring at first. It took courage to stand against the popular opinion of the majority and say, “Here I stand for I can do no other.” Anything of consequence – politically or economically – any major transformation in governments, corporations, big decisions that went against popular opinion required this concept of courage.

In our own lives, long-term personal transformation also requires the courage to face our fears, anxieties, and to move ahead outside of our comfort zone and our safety net. It is often easier to understand courage in the political and physical realm of our lives, but we also need to be aware of how courage exists primarily in the realm of our morals, in our motions and our personal actions.

 Courage is an essential action concept for living the life you deserve. It really isn’t optional. Although most dictionaries list bravery as a synonym of courage, I believe that there is a difference. I once heard someone describe it like this: Bravery is for those who conquer someone or something else; courage is for those who conquer their own fears. I like that distinction. We can witness bravery in the extraordinary actions of firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Certainly, our police officers exhibit such acts of bravery every day.”

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