Just a thought…

Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. (Merriam-Webster)

I don’t think of myself as courageous. I’m not very adventurous, and definitely not a dare devil. But courage can be present on many different levels.

It can be jumping out of an airplane, climbing the highest summit, or swimming with sharks. Or fighting for one’s country, saving someone from a raging fire, or going on a mission trip to help the poor.

Courage can also mean:

Getting out of bed each morning, to face a day filled with hardships.

Standing up to a bully.

Fighting to receive the best medical care for your child.

Standing up for yourself.

Speaking out on matters that are important to you.

Leaving.

Staying.

We all have courage. How does this apply to me? How am I courageous? I’m doing my part, however small, to help end the stigma of mental health conditions.

I still don’t think of myself as courageous. I’m simply doing what I think is right and what I believe in. I’m sharing my experiences, in hopes of helping and encouraging others.

I suppose it does take some boldness to speak out, especially on a personal level. I’m in training with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. I’ll be talking to high school students about raising awareness. I’m excited, but nervous. It’s out of my comfort zone.

But I’m attempting it anyway.

Courage is not the absence of fear. It’s the ability to act in the presence of fear.

 

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45 thoughts on “Just a thought…

  1. πŸ‘πŸ½Great post! Definitely agree with you. Following your blog now as I’m very new to blogging and so far found myself writing about how to deal with anxiety in a couple of my posts. It’d be much appreciated if you had a look/follow back, trying to build some like minded similar connections in the blogging world πŸ™‚ βœŒοΈπŸ’› https://beingis.wordpress.com

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  2. This is not just a thought. It’s an encouraging, inspiring, and excellent thought. Courage can even be using a cup to catch the spider that landed on me while I was reading this and taking it outside.

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    • Hi Claire! Wow, thanks so much! And thanks for the follow 😊 I’ve been following you for awhile, but I don’t know why I haven’t seen your posts in my reader lately. I’m going to get over to your blog and see what you’ve been up to πŸ™‚ Have a lovely weekend, and thanks for visiting here! Jenny 🌷

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  3. This is a great post. I love the word “persevere” in the dictionary definition. It is such a huge part of courage to keep going no matter how fearful or hard the task in front of you seems. Thank you again for putting courage into words! And I love the pictures!

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    • Thanks you! I agree about the word persevere. Don’t give up, keep going, keep moving forward… I often remind myself of this. Perseverance is a wonderful trait to have! Glad you like the pictures πŸ™‚

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    • Hi! Thank you for visiting, and for the kind words πŸ™‚ Funny, I was just browsing the blogs posted on Nikki’s site, and read Nicky’s post on courage. I smiled at how similar our posts are. I followed her, and am heading over to visit your blog now. Glad to connect with you! Jenny

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