Courage

Hello, sorry for not updating for so long. Had some issues with my mental health. Wish I could say I’m feeling better now, but not really. I’m simply trying to get back to normal with the hope that I’ll feel better.

So, today’s virtue is courage. This is one is very important. What good is it to know what the right thing to do is, if you don’t do it?  That’s where most things fall apart. We know what the problem is, we know what we need to do to fix, but we lack the will to do what must be done.

As per usual, let’s look at what Merriam-Webster has to say about it.

mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Not much, especially for something so important. It seems really basic, but that is courage in a nutshell. Courage is the ability to continue when things get difficult or to do something even though you are afraid. That is important; courage is not the absence of fear. Being without fear can lead you to do something stupidly dangerous. And that is why wisdom is so important.

Courage must come after discernment, that is thinking about what the correct action is. Courage is doing the work to build something new. It is the ability to maintain something. Courage is shown in little things as well as big things. Sometimes, doing the little things is courageous.

Courage without wisdom is stupidity. Wisdom without courage does not achieve anything. Both are needed for right action.

I would like to address the issue of fear and courage. Too many people think that courage is the absence of fear. That is completely wrong and harmful. Not having fear is stupid. Fear, if used right, can help. It can be used to make sure what you want to do is important and to point out areas where you might run into problems. Courage is mastering your fear; doing what you think is right even though your are afraid.

So, in a nutshell, courage is dealing with your fear to do what is important.

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