17:2. Courage

Courage was my chosen word and virtue of the week.  It is a word I don’t really think about often yet I have been told, particularly this week that I am considered to be a very courageous woman.  So I pondered and sat with What courage is and asking what courage  means for me?

I view that it could mean different degrees of stepping into the unknown or even further into the known depending on what the idea of being in courage is about and the circumstances one might find themselves in.  In my pursuit this week to learn more about this virtue in and without in myself and in my world, this is what I have observed.

First , this is what Wikpedia has to say about Courage.

Courage (also called bravery or valour) is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. Physical courage is bravery 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, discouragement, or personal loss.

I think it is one of those elements that has a sliding scale because for some, courage could be to go skydiving and jump out of an airplane as I have done.  For someone else, courage could be going to the dentist or even picking up a mouse or a snake or a bug for that matter or even sleeping with the lights off.  Whatever our fears, seemingly large or small.  I feel it might be  the feeling of

knowing we pushed past a fear and held our convictions to get through  no matter what.

I do not interpret that Wikpedia has the definitive definition on courage.  People doing this course and changing their lives and peptides and hanging in when all hell could be breaking loose, have courage.  For it is known by those in transformation and for myself as well, that when we are in the midst of change, all that needs to be healed will be revealed and facing that can sometimes require a lot of courage. The uncertainty of what is ahead.

I never really thought of myself as courageous yet I have done very courageous things according to others around me that they would never consider doing. And I have attempted things and many times fallen or failed, and I still move forward.  I am slow to give up. Maybe to my own detriment sometimes yet I am still learning in areas of personal growth and development.  I feel it it a life long pursuit to move onwards and upwards.  I am happy where I am in myself and thoughts today and I still have a ways to go because the contrasts still show up.  I decided that it is me who is to solve my own challenges and one of the biggest challenges for myself for years was to set healthy boundaries and have the courage to say no, or you do not get to do this in my world.  I did not have a voice when young and so I continued to not use mine for far too long.  That is no longer an issue for me because I challenged myself to grow.

Ive now recognized that in all my experiences that look courageous to others, I was just following my passions and going fully for it!  I love to live my life to the fullest and I suppose in that I appear courageous.  Funny that I don’t ever think of courage while doing or pursuing experiences, yet I will now claim courageous as part of my identity.  I am a courageous woman and in claiming the word into my view I noted how clearly I could see the courage in others instead of just seeing that they were living life on their terms as I do.

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