Courage: a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait

Before we begin, let’s enjoy some wise words from Edgar A. Guest on Courage.

Courage isn’t a brilliant dash,

A daring deed in a moment’s flash;

It isn’t an instantaneous thing

Born of despair with a sudden spring

It isn’t a creature of flickered hope

Or the final tug at a slipping rope;

But it’s something deep in the soul of man

That is working always to serve some plan.

Courage isn’t the last resort

In the work of life or the game of sport;

It isn’t a thing that a man can call

At some future time when he’s apt to fall;

If he hasn’t it now, he will have it not

When the strain is great and the pace is hot.

For who would strive for a distant goal

Must always have courage within his soul.

Let’s pause for a while and reflect on the words above… we have all encountered situations in life which required us to summon some courage to face it. Many people give in to demands that go against their virtues simply because they can’t summon the courage to speak up. Edgar A. says that courage isn’t something which you keep at the back of your pocket waiting for that frustrating moment to press down on you before you turn to it as a last resort. We need to be courageous and demonstrate this in every step we take, or every turn we make…

Courage isn’t a dazzling light

That flashes and passes away from sight;

It’s a slow, unwavering, ingrained trait

With the patience to work and the strength to wait.

It’s part of a man when his skies are blue,

It’s part of him when he has work to do.

The brave man never is freed of it.

He has it when there is no need of it.

Courage was never designed for show;

It isn’t a thing that can come and go;

It’s written in victory and defeat

And every trial a man may meet.

It’s part of his hours, his days and his years,

Back of his smiles and behind his tears.

Courage is more than a daring deed:

It’s the breath of life and a strong man’s creed.

As the week unfolds, you can resolve to developing and demonstrating your courage by:

1. Changing the Status Quo: The fact that things are the way they are doesn’t mean you should accept them in that manner. When you are faced with decisions or situations that challenge your courage, reflect back to your virtues and make sure you stand by them. Don’t do something because everyone is doing it that way… Build up your courage by simply changing the ‘rigid concepts’ around you.

2. Learn to say NO: This will be the hardest thing you would have to do most often, but trust me, it will pay off in the long run. As humans, we are faced with tempting offers, well packaged distractions and many other things which derails us from the goals we are trying to achieve. A simple NO, will save you a lot of time, resources, and most importantly, keep you in the right track. Say NO to your phone’s notification, say No to procrastination, say NO to the things you know that aren’t worthwhile.

3. Let Go: What is that thought which keeps lingering around your mind? was it a moment of sorrow, joy, hurt, fantasy or even anxiety? Whatever it may be, keep it in the past for that is where it belongs. You don’t want to waste time channelling emotions into things not worthwhile… it takes time, but you can definitely let it go. For in letting go, you are much more courageous than you can even imagine.

Is there something I left out, please let me know in the comment section…

Wishing you a productive month!!

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