You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
Courage has two faces, the physical which is shown through exceptional acts where we risk life and limb to help others, sometimes saving the lives of people we don’t even know through acts of bravery. Physical courage makes us proud because it’s rewarded with fancy awards, monuments and medals. Olympic Athletes are rewarded for their courage to beat the odds, Soldiers are awarded for their acts of bravery.
We may not always we honoured but physical courage lives in all of us.
Then there’s our inner voice which encourages us, it presses us to ignore everything and follow through on our responsibilities while never losing sight of our principles. Moral courage is needed in our pursuit of happiness, it keeps the external critics at bay because It takes moral courage to stand up to rejection, ridicule or doing anything that may cause us judgement or some loss. You exercise Moral Courage when you become the bigger person, own up to your mistake and move on.
The voice of moral courage is always present, however, it’s easy to let fear and doubts to drown it out, all you have to do is be mindful and listen to that voice.
©Etta D. Richards