Courage. The dictionary defines it as
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
This definition calls up visions of comic book heroes and men and women facing danger without a doubt they can overcome it. Looking at this definition, it's easy to see why many of us, if asked if we are courageous, would answer no.
The Latin root of the word means simply heart. There is no mention of self-possession, confidence, bravery. The implication is that, with courage, we face what we fear, we face danger, we face the vicissitudes of life with heart, even though we do feel fear and in the back of our minds we are telling ourselves I can't do this. But we do.
In this podcast I discuss how the Cowardly Lion is a better icon of courage than Superman ever was.
This episode of the Shards of Consciousness podcast is based on a post I wrote in October, 2007 called Everyday Courage
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