On Courage

I have written a bit on fear here, but I would like to address the other side of that coin. I think we have too much fear in America today, and, correspondingly, not enough courage.

  • We live in a world where sometimes simply being yourself requires courage.
  • For people with depression or other mental illnesses, simply getting out of bed each day requires courage.
  • Compromising requires courage…sometimes, but
  • Not compromising requires courage sometimes.
  • Doing the right thing even when it’s unpopular requires courage.
  • Trying something new requires courage.
  • Changing the world requires courage.
  • Standing by your friends, even when they’ve made mistakes, requires courage.
  • Taking responsibility requires courage.
  • Talking to strangers–and helping strangers–requires courage.
  • Questioning authority requires courage.
  • Correcting someone in authority requires courage.
  • Sometimes changing your mind requires courage.
  • Admitting you were wrong requires courage.
  • Letting your children be independent–even when they may get hurt–requires courage.
  • Letting your employees make mistakes requires courage.
  • Standing up for a stranger requires courage.
  • Sometimes asking for help requires courage, and
  • Accepting help, even when you didn’t ask for it or think you needed it, requires courage.

Sometimes, I’m courageous. Often, I’m not. Many people think some things require courage, when they don’t.

  • Running for office doesn’t require courage.
  • Being part of a mob doesn’t require courage.
  • Being in the majority doesn’t require courage.
  • Doing what’s popular or expected doesn’t require courage.
  • Letting people make decisions for you doesn’t require courage.

Being ignorant on an issue isn’t bad. Staying ignorant, when you know it matters, is. Having the information laid out before you and refusing to look at it is willful ignorance. Willful ignorance doesn’t require courage.

Always keep learning. Listen to all sides. Get informed, then do the right thing.

It’s OK to be afraid. It’s not OK to let your fears rule your life.

Do something courageous today.




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