I can't even begin to count the number of times I have felt defeated in my life. So many of those times I have just wanted to give up. Throw in the towel. Call it quits. Sometimes I have, but I am not a quitter. I am one of those people that if you tell me I can't do something I just become more determined to prove I can. Some people might call me a bit stubborn, but like everyone, there are things that I am afraid of.
We all know people who get up in your face to show their courage, but I find the people who are the most courageous are those that quietly continue on each day in the face of adversity. The person with a life threatening illness who continues on each day with a smile. The child who faces bullying at school, but shows up there each day anyway. The single mother who goes to bed each night worried that she can't feed her children, but finds a way each and every day.
These make me feel humbled when I think of some of the things I have given up on so easily. Is it fear of failure, fear of the outcome, or is it fear of looking bad in someone else's eyes? Whatever the reason, I am determined to face each day with more and more courage.
Are there things that you are afraid of? How do you find the courage to overcome them? Do you go quietly into the day facing your fears? Do you hold onto someone else for courage or do you find it on your own?
I would love to hear your thoughts on courage.