“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ―
Who needs Halloween when there is so much to be afraid of every single day? I think we all feel a little like the cowardly lion struggling to find his inner courage.
But Maya Angelo is correct: without courage all the other virtues are meaningless because courage empowers everything good that we do.
When I’m looking for my inner courage I search for others who have found theirs, whether that be the cowardly lion or heroes and heroines in novels or real life heroes who have the courage not only to be kind and compassionate but who act on those virtues to help those around them.
I’m not sure how people have the courage to fight for their lives against the merciless coronavirus or how they have the courage to stand by loved ones who are suffering during the pandemic. How about the politicians who are trying to stand firm against science deniers who ridicule and humiliate others for doing their part to keep the rest of us healthy? And what about the courage needed by nurses and doctors who risk their lives to treat those who are already stricken? I hope my courage will never be tested in those way.
I will try to grow my courage little by little in the hope that when and if I am tested by fate, I will be able to use my courage to empower kindness and compassion.
Have you been called on to be more courageous since the pandemic began? Do you have thoughts to share how you’re coping? Has someone in your life showed courage you admire?