Is courage made, grown or found?.The short answer to this question is Yes! 😉
Courageous people have different reasons for their courage. Sometimes a person, a group of people, or an entire nation are thrust into a situation. That situation often calls for a display of courage. Examples of this include: England when Germany was bombing it during WWII. Churchill championed the cause of remaining courageous no matter how long it took to beat the invaders back. The rest, as they say, is history.
In our country, in the early aftermath of 9/11 it took courage for many people to even begin to go on with their days. Again, people did do it. Understandably, they were not in the daily danger that the people of England were in the aforementioned situation. But in both of these cases, courage was made….or perhaps made, grown, and found.
When someone goes through a terrifying situation and reacts with bravery, the press or someone typically askes the person how they could make themselves go through it, and weren’t they scared. Often the person minimizes his/her own courage, shrugs, and just says ‘i don’t know, i just did it’….examples could include stepping between a gunman and your child, covering someone’s body with your own in the midst of a tornado, staying bedside in an ICU, going through multiple hospitalizations because of a serious medical situation, facing down cancer, and on and on. In all of these situations, the courage necessary to get through it grows, evolves and changes to meet the situation. We are more courageous than we realize. The ripples of our lives bring home tiny sailboats that we don’t even know exist.