“The ability to act appropriately in the face of adversity” – Our Own Druidry
“The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.” – Dictionary.com
I see Courage as the pushing of yourself beyond self-imposed limits for the betterment and growth of ourselves or others in the actions you take. These types of actions are not just the extraordinary acts such pulling a person from a burning building. They can include things like sitting with an unpopular person at lunch, or speaking up about inappropriate jokes or comments. Having courage is not fearlessness. It is about overcoming feelings of fear, uncertainty and discomfort and taking right action. Prior to acting courageously there is a feeling, however brief, of misgiving, discomfort, or fear about consequences, be they physical, mental or emotional. A courageous person acts rightly despite that feeling. This does not include rash unthinking acts. Some see those as daring but they can be more detrimental in the long run to not only the individual performing the act, but to the community at large. There is a fine line between facing fears for the betterment of all and getting caught up in chasing the adrenaline rush and recognition that such acts may bring no matter the consequence. You can act bravely and with courage without endangering yourself or others.