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 asks the person how they could make themselves go through it, and why weren’t they too scared to act. 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.
For others it could be being courageous enough to make an effort once again, even though there is a strong possibility they will fail. It could be the courage to begin to trust anyone again, after being deeply hurt. Courage could mean clinging to your faith even though you are suffering, really suffering.
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. The courage we expend gives others strength as well.
So let’s keep pushing to our finish lines. It will be ok.