Week 21 – Courage

This week the virtue I am focusing on is Courage. I like to get the definition from a couple of sources so I can understand more of what I would like to cultivate.

So from Wikipedia : “Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, …. Ernest Hemingway famously defined courage as “grace under pressure.”

Definition of courage – Merriam-Webster’s Student Dictionary: ” COURAGE, BRAVERY, VALOR, HEROISM mean greatness of spirit in facing danger or difficulty.  COURAGE suggests strength in overcoming fear …”

Some great quotes regarding courage:

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
― Lao Tzu

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
― E.E. Cummings

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelo

I live on a farm and I often think that one must be courageous among other things to want this type of lifestyle. Twice last week my dog was skunked and once this week the cat got it. We have a terrible problem with wild hogs tearing up the pastures. The leaf cutter ants are ahead right now. And only today, my favorite ewe is fighting for her life. She developed gangrene mastitis, also known as blue bag,  practically overnight. It is rare in sheep and thank goodness the vet could come straight away this morning. She must be courageous and so must I.  I don’t live off my land, but I often think of the farmer that a storm ruined the crop and how they were dependent on the income from that crop to survive, yet they keep getting up every morning and replanting. That takes courage.

Yet most of all, it takes courage to lose a loved one and love again. I see so many courageous people around me.  In truth, to get up every morning and make it the best day of your life takes courage. To finish the MKMMA strong, takes almost all of the virtues. Having the tools we have been developing over this 21 weeks helps tremendously and most of all, when Mark J says, don’t worry, we got your back – I believe him!



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