Noodle* on this…
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela
The Latin origin of the word courage is cur, which evolved to become the French word coeur. In English, coeur means heart. Courage is about heart and it is at the core of our well-being.
We show courage every day – we call it daily living. It takes courage to get up and go to work; to stand by your beliefs and values; and to find meaning in your work, even when it is boring. Ernest Hemingway defined courage as grace under pressure. It takes courage to connect with others, to treat difficult people with respect and, perhaps most importantly, it takes courage to work on your well-being – to let go of the familiar ways of doing things, to be mindful of your feeling as well as the feelings and beliefs of those around you.
Courage is not just for soldiers or explorers or for running from a pack of hungry dogs. It is for you every day. Specifically, courage is not the absence of fear or uncertainty. It is a choice you get to make based on your beliefs, knowledge, experience and wisdom.
Do I seem like a TV re-run, constantly writing about choice? I probably do, but that is because I believe that each of us is the sum of our life experiences and the choices we make. It takes courage to make wise choices or take responsibility and not just going with the flow or trying to shift blame.
Recently, I thought I knew what I was doing on a project. Turns out that I did not and I screwed up – big time. I confessed my mistake to the manager, who said: “You get to do service recovery. Go fix it!” I explained to the client what happened and what I did wrong. I apologized and offered a solution to fix the problem. The client was disappointed obviously; but, there was no anger or venting frustration. We discussed calmly other options and came up with a mutually acceptable action plan. This was a new work situation for me and I could have made excuses, but I chose not to do that.
I have been doing some self-analysis since then, but I am glad I had the courage to act as I did. I learned a lesson or two, including some things I didn’t know; and I have nothing to hide or fear because I “confessed my sins” and fixed the mess I made. It was a case of everyday courage and reminded me of how powerful such courage can be.
Your Weekly Noodle Challenge…
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. ~ Maya Angelou.
What courageous thing did you do today? How did it make you feel? Share your courageous experience with us in the Comments section below.
* To noodle: A verb meaning to mull over, think about, contemplate, ponder, puzzle over or brainstorm
Cat and dogs image courtesy of Reology.
Potential image courtesy of Blog with Rob.