Dr. Maya Angelou says that courage is the most important of all the virtues! To quote her exactly, ‘Courage is the most important of all the virtues, without it, you can practice no other.’ It takes courage to be kind when others are not. It takes courage to be truthful when a lie might suffice. It takes courage to keep moving forward, when you’d rather quit. I’ve learned that courage, or opting for bravery, is feeling the fear and still doing what is necessary to overcome it. And in the very act of bravery you don’t feel brave but just feel what is true and most real.” You#ixzz2U9K2x7sZhttp://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Full-Episode-Oprah-and-Dr-Maya-Angelou-Part-1-Video
Courage has been one of my favorite words and even a mantra of mine ever since 2004. At the time, I was in an unhealthy relationship living a block from the beach in Rio de Janeiro. Other than my relationship, I loved everything about Brazil and could have stayed there forever. I finally made the decision that it was time for me to leave and return to the U.S. When this realization came to me, the word Courage hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed courage at this moment more than ever!
So, I began to think back on my life when courage was what got me through. I won’t go in to my entire life story, but courage had come into play a lot! Then I remembered from one of my favorite child hood movies, The Wizard of Oz, that the lion, the cowardly lion, was going to visit the wizard to ask for courage! I giggled because I am a Leo and it resonated so much.
This word spoke to me so loudly, that I have even talked about getting the word tattooed on my skin since that day in 2004. I have yet to have actually gotten the tattoo, but I still may. It’s funny. I mentioned to a long time friend a few months ago about my desire to still get this word tattooed somewhere on my body, and they responded by saying something along the lines of, “But we’re past courage. We’re not there anymore.” I thought about this for some time, and I have to say, I disagree. I don’t think that courage is ever something that we “move past” that we at some point in life just don’t need anymore.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with how courage has come into play in your life.