There is an ancient proverb about fear and courage being brothers and it happens to be both apt and accurate. Today, we are discussing courage; the fact is that I even needed a bit of courage to come up here and give the speech in the first place. So what is courage? Courage essentially is being brave in the face of fear, and even though the fear may be unreasonable, the act of overcoming this fear itself constitutes courage.
Our past is replete with several examples of famous characters who showed courage under the most challenging of circumstances like Tenzing Norgay when he accompanied Sir Hilary above Mt Everest or as William Wallace did when he took on England on his own and paid the price for it. The point is that we all face difficult challenges in the course of our lives, and we all need oodles of courage to overcome the same. Courage is not just about overcoming difficulties in your life but it is also about making hard decisions on whether you want to invest all your savings in a venture or not. In the end, in the face of unmitigated challenge, and with our own default human perseverance kicking in, we somehow manage to claw deep back into ourselves to find that little nugget of courage that pushes us to take the right decision. It is this courage and unexpected actions that have helped change the course of our history several times, for without this courage, and the fact that many men died for this courage, our world could well have been conquered by Hitler. Heck, if it was not for this courage, we would all be speaking in German now.
It is important that we install a sense of courage or at least educate our little ones on the same. This is not to imply that our children should be exposed to various challenging circumstances early on but rather that the children should be exposed to various stories that showcase courage under the most adverse of circumstances. You can either read the books that do this, show them movies that extol the same and even get them fables of some of the famous legendary figures well known for courage. The point is that the more you impress on your kids about the value and need for courage, the more likely it is that they would adapt to life’s challenges head-on.
Courage is an essential component of our everyday life; it is something that we must all cherish and hold in high esteem. After all, without this courage, and the brave acts as shown by the NY firemen, it would not have been possible to rescue so many during the 9/11 attack. It is time that we showed our kids that we too are courageous indeed by facing up to the various challenge facing us and overcoming it. Remember that fear and courage often go hand in hand, it is the act of overcoming this fear that should define us.
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