Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

~ Albert Schweitzer ~

Wanted: Courage

September 27th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 4 secs

Courage is required when the going gets rough

Brace yourself. More trouble is coming and it’ll be worse than you’ve had.

Isn’t that gloomy news? Yet that’s when your qualities can grow the most. Life demands courage to face tough times. Trouble tests us and, unfortunately, it’s no easy road.

On the face of it, taking “concrete pills” and toughening up should be enough. But courage can’t thrive in a vacuum. We need meaning to make sense of why we should be courageous in the first place.

At its most basic you need to grit your teeth at times and hang in there to survive. But courage can do a lot more when we ground ourselves with purpose.

For instance, if you appreciate being loved and you know what acceptance means your courage can demonstrate these dimensions and also uphold others. Such noble courage brings people together, boosting their own nerve in turn. So that even despairing days can become bright times.

British families applied just such courage back in WW2. Despite incredible odds communities demonstrated a courageousness that enabled them not only to survive, but thrive.

When the sun is shining and things are cruising, talk about courage and calamity seems silly; even alarmist. But purposeful courage, like a well-stocked larder, is sensible preparation. Just as bad times of all kinds inevitably demand it, we are actually made for facing challenge and showing our courage. Prepared with purpose we can encourage each other and discover our mettle in being pressed to our best.


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