January 6, 2019

Courage: Quotes and Examples

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”--2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

The Bible is full of examples of courage. Prominent figures worked through feelings of inadequacy, bullying, and the fear of failure. Each story highlights underdogs winning—from Esther to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Let’s examine what they had in common, as defined by Google Dictionary and sayings found online:

The Definition of Courage

(from Google Dictionary)

“the ability to do something that frightens one.”

“ability to act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval.”

“strength in the face of pain or grief.”

 “moral strength in the face of danger.”

 “Courage isn’t the absence of fear, but an urgent impulse to do something despite fear.”—Todo
“Courage is moving forward even when you feel afraid.”—Joyce Meyer

A Modern Twist on the Cinderella Story

I have always resented many things about the story of Cinderella. (Sorry, Walt Disney). The story would resonate more with me if the main character hadn’t been born a wealthy, gorgeous lady.

There was conflict. She was abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. The prince also had to go against his parents’ wishes, at first, to marry her.

In real life, there would be much more trauma and drama.  Here’s a modern update to the story: Cinderella is homeless and unattractive. She has no options. Her journey to homelessness includes the following:
  • Bullying
  • The loss of family members
  • Battling various illnesses and limitations

The well-educated Cinderella refuses to be kept down. For months, she searches for employment. The hopeful lady goes daily into the Human Resources Department of a certain company. She even waits outside just before work hours to see if she can plead her case to the top employees.

She’s about to get thrown out and banned for life from the building property. The Human Resources Department is tired of dealing with her. They hand the problem over to Security.

Naturally, the handsome son of the Chief Executive Officer makes his entrance at that exact moment. He sees beyond her homeless, limited exterior. Prince Charming initiates her glorious transformation.

Now that’s courage! That’s a modern fairy tale!

How Does Courage Help us Overcome Fear?

“What if the greatest opportunities ahead are wrapped up in the things that scare us the most? Don’t let fear keep you from greatness!”--@CoryLebovitz
“Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.”—Katherine Mackenett, from Today’s Inspirational Quote Facebook Community

Queen Victoria of England (1819-1901)

(Story taken from the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum series)

This great-great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II reigned for over 63 years. She married a German noble, Albert, in 1840.  She immediately gave her husband the title of “Prince”.

 Early in their marriage, Albert wanted to go ice skating on the frozen river. The queen wasn’t familiar with that sport. She hadn’t been allowed to learn anything that could possibly harm her. She was willing to watch her husband skate, though.

Unfortunately, the prince fell through the ice in a spot where it was too thin. Victoria had only moments to choose between protecting herself and trying to save her husband. It was no contest. With the help of her maid, the queen pulled her drowning spouse out of the river.

My Conclusion

It doesn’t take bravery to do difficult things, if our circumstances are perfect. Courage is riding out the storms that come our way.

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