Week #17: Courage

Courage 2My virtue to focus on this week for the Franklin make over is courage.  This is definitely a weakness I need to work on.  I don’t like confrontation and my old blueprint avoided it at all costs.  I would rather internalize things that bother me than face them full on.  Obviously this is not good for many reasons and goes against one of my PPN’s which is true health.  You cannot achieve true health unless all areas of your life a re healthy and that includes mental health.

Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition,shame, scandal, or discouragement.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courage 

To see courage in others seems, for me, to be more difficult than kindness or decisiveness.  Kindness is external and is usually directed, but not always, at someone else.  Courage is an internal struggle and we cannot know what others are struggling with unless they share it with us.  What I think might take courage because I fear it or have uncertainty with it, others may not even be concerned with it.  I pressed on though, determined to see courage in the world..  Some of the acts of courage I witnessed so far this week include.

  1. Speech team members getting up and reading their piece for the very first time, with no practice in front of their peers.  Speaking in front of people is the number one fear.

    Myself getting out of my comfort zone and taking courage to make my dreams come true.  I took some steps Courage doesn't always roarforward for my cook book and blog that takes me into areas I am uncertain but are necessary to do to get my book out there.

  3.  My brother and sister-in-law are adopting and waiting for a child.  They are taking a risk on their hearts being broken yet again as a new opportunity has come up  to adopt twins.  They have had several opportunities fall through . It takes courage to put your heart out there over and over. (Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers).

It Takes courage

So I will continue to focus on courage for the rest of the week.  Perfect practice and devoting an entire sit to concentrating on courage, I know I will begin to find more courage within myself and those around me.

Courage is not the absence of fear

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Mary Spicer - "Spice Girl" - January 22, 2015 Reply

You See. You Be. You See. You Be.
You Be. You See. You Be. You See.

You Are.

Joan Campbell - January 22, 2015 Reply

It does take courage to make your dreams come true. You are doing it now though. Keep growing.

masterkeylucyb - January 24, 2015 Reply

It’s very interesting that you view kindness as being external but courage as internal…but I see you a working through it all one step at a time. You’re doing great and to still be here moving forward at this point in the journey is indeed an act of courage for us all so there’s one for your list 🙂

jimmymkmma - January 26, 2015 Reply

What a great post about courage. Thank you.

Like masterkeylucyb, I like the way you view kindness as being external but courage as internal.

If we can’t see the internal, maybe we can notice the effects that the internal produce. 🙂

Ellen L - January 29, 2015 Reply

Some phenomenal thoughts on courage! That’s my word for this week (the 17a week) – I’m going to keep this post in mind!

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