“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
– Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
When I was young, I was scared of everything! I was lacking conviction in my choices and I was always afraid to face other people. I wanted to please everybody, but life with others is not that easy! Now I’m 35 years old, I am now very proud of how I changed for the best. I am now strongly confident of my decisions and I’ll defend and explain my choices to others. I know how to listen and how to adapt, but I’m not afraid to speak in front of others when I have a different opinion. I truly think I gained more courage when I felt associated with ma matron goddess, the Morrígan. I’m no warrior, but I can now stand on my own, and nobody can easily beat me.
The ADF Dedicant Manual defines ‘courage’ as follows:
COURAGE: The ability to act appropriately in the face of danger.
That definition seems too short. To me, having courage is not only when we are facing danger. It could be facing something that scares us, even if it’s not an imminent danger for our lives. Here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary:
COURAGE noun. – The ability to do something that frightens one; bravery; Act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval.
This one sounds right, but it is missing the part of acting ‘appropriately’ from the ADF definition. You can do something in face of danger, but if it’s not something appropriately, it could be something stupid and far from an act of bravery! I’ll combine both ideas and do my own definition:
COURAGE: The ability to act appropriately in the face of something difficult or that frightens one despite danger or disapproval using mental power.
I combined both definitions, and added two important words, which is the mental power (or mental strength). Courage is all about our mental power. It is not enough to be physically strong to be brave, but we also need to have a powerful mind that can goes beyond our fears. Courage is an important virtue in everyone’s life, and also in Druidry. It takes courage to faces our decisions, and to embrace Druidry. Paganism is more accepted now, but still misunderstood by many. It takes courage to live freely as a Pagan and to faces judgments from others. I proven that I am brave enough to embrace it and I can easily explain my spiritual path with others.
Word Count: 375 words (excluding the introductory, the Oxford and the ADF quotes)
- Corrigan, Ian. Our Own Druidry. Tucson: ADF Publishing, 2009.
- Oxford Dictionary – “Courage“