30 Days of Gratitude: Day 9: Courage

The question of courage seems to be one that has been more in the media over the last few years. What is truly the modern definition of courage?

cour·age
ˈkərij/
noun
noun: courage
  1. the ability to do something that frightens one.
    “she called on all her courage to face the ordeal”
    • strength in the face of pain or grief.

A recent article in psychology today discussed the ability to be mentally strong while battling mental illness.

The discussion about those that come out as LGBT as being courageous has been compared to veterans.

It’s tough to compare either. Both have elements of being courageous. What might be easy for one person, could take a tremendous act of courage for another.

I have always had a fear of heights. One summer while in Israel I went repelling off of a 100-foot cliff. For someone that is an adventure seeker that might not take much courage. When our group went repelling later on that summer into a cave, I chose to walk into and out of the cave.

By above definition, I was courageous for facing my fears of heights. What is courage and what makes someone courageous or strong. My friend who posted the article about be mentally

I asked my friend who posted the article about being mentally strong while fighting mental illness “What is the true definition of someone being mentally strong and mentally weak?”

She’s in school to become a therapist and gave a very poignant response “As with most things in social science that cannot be defined absolutely.” This is also true with courage. It’s a subjective observation and one that cannot be answered universally. 

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One thought on “30 Days of Gratitude: Day 9: Courage

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