“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela …
Fear is the great decider of men. For some of us… it drowns us into submission. For others… it is simply the catalyst for success, the motivation to conquer their fear and ultimately succeed. And as Nelson points out, true courage is not found in one who has no fear, but rather in one who has known fear, and then conquered that fear.
A lot of people tend to look at being afraid as a weakness… but it is not. Fear is a natural emotion to feel when confronted with danger, and we would do well to always be aware of it when it is present. We would additionally do well to be aware of how we react to this emotion when we feel it. Some of us allow it to overwhelm our lives–to control our thoughts and actions. The wise among us, however, choose to learn and to grow from their fear–to confront it and deal with it in a positive and productive way. This, of course, is the way to self-fulfillment and personal growth.
It is nice to be safe from the storms of life. But if we face no storms, if we always seek to avoid our fears, we will never find the courage to be the person we are capable of being. Build your courage, strengthen your faith, and find positive ways to overcome your fears.
Overcome a fear of yours today.
Questions to consider:
What does courage mean to you?
What are some ways you can strengthen your courage?
Does a danger have to be life-threatening to require courage in confronting it?
For further thought:
“The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson