Courage

True courage is facing life and carrying on. Sometimes it is just the small things that take the most courage. Take the leap. Enjoy life. You only get one.

Bert Lahr as Cowardly Lion from Oz Bert Lahr as Cowardly Lion from Oz

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

A – Z Challenge – Day Three

Courage

I used to think that one had to work up to acts of courage. That courage was a state you reached after you’d been through a lot.

For years I wondered when I’d have enough courage to take the actions needed to change my life.

And therein was the crux of the problem.

You cannot wait to feel courageous in order to take courageous action. It is only by taking courageous action (despite your fear) that you develop courage. Courage is the muscle that is strengthened and developed by taking brave action in the face of fear.

Courage is…

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