- mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Courage is a beautiful word. I love that strength and perseverance are at the crux of how it has been defined here (from the Merriam Webster dictionary). Yet this definition doesn't quite get to the meaning I connect to this word. Courage for me has more depth, it has more gusto and in my eyes no one defines it better than Brené Brown as she breaks it down:
"Courage is a heart word.. The root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one's mind by telling all one's heart.”
I love the connection of our heart to our courage; of telling the story of who we are in a wholehearted way. This view of it is what I always think of with this word; I see it as the strength that empowers our ability to dare, a strength entirely empowered by listening to our own inner feelings. Courage is what gets us standing up in life, firm on our own two feet.
Engaging our courage is about showing up and as Brené says 'being seen'. It gets us involved in the scary, messy and challenging parts of life that are really going to help us grow.
This word is what we need to help us become truly active within our own lives. We can call upon it to help us embrace vulnerability, to overcome our fears and to pursue what we really want.
Fuelled by pure heart, courage drives us forward. Fears fall away and we begin to embrace the life we were hiding away from. We learn to take direction and use our voices. We transform our 'can'ts' into 'can's. We take ownership and control of where we're going and how we're going to get there. Without courage, we don't conquer, we don't overcome, we don't dare.
Today, think of this word often and greet the day with the courage of your whole heart. Venture, persevere and harness the strength that this lovely word has at the ready for you 😊