What does it mean to be courageous? Sometimes courage is knowing when to stop..sometimes it's knowing when to move forward. A person's courage cannot be judged by another since we cannot look inside and see what demons are within. Sometimes being courageous means getting up in the morning and moving through the day, other times being courageous means going above and beyond.

I see courage in all areas of my life. Courage embodies my youngest son's life. Courage embodies many of my students lives. Every day my students get up and come to school. Many of their homes lack food, warmth, security. Many of their parents work two jobs (or more) leaving the middle schoolers to assume parental roles for younger siblings.

What does it mean to be courageous? According to the dictionary, courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, or pain without fear...How many of us make decisions out of fear? How many of us live in fear? We should be looking to live our lives in a space of courage. Courage does not mean conquering all things each day, courage doesn't mean standing at the mountain top and yelling our victory cry. Courage means looking at what we have and deciding when to make our choices...courage means that sometimes you wait for tomorrow.

This has been a week for me about finding my own courage. Finding the courage to admit that I may have too many things on my plate to be effective, finding the courage to truly examine my weaknesses and say that I am still ok. Finding the courage to admit that being human means that you cannot conquer all things but may have to wait until tomorrow (or another day).

Many times admitting that you are not as courageous as you would have hoped to be at this time is actually one of the most courageous things you can do.


  1. Courage is so different in different situations. It's the power that gets us through difficult situations and times. It's the strenght we need when things are difficult. It's the force that helps us overcome....thanks for making me think this morning...about courage. I hope you find just enough - for today.

  2. Someone gave me this same quote a few years ago, and I love it. Also love your line, "Sometimes being courageous means getting up in the morning and moving through the day, other times being courageous means going above and beyond." I will think of this today…

  3. It takes courage to put your thoughts into words for the world to read. Have you ever seen the picture book Courage by Bernard Waber? There are many examples of courage in it.

  4. It absolutely takes courage to say, no. I have had to learn that I cannot do everything, and admit that I need help. It is not easy but it can be done. All the best on your journey!

  5. Very thoughtful post - courage can mean so many things. Loved that poster - just getting through the day can be a very courageous act for so many people. Hope you continue to meet each day with courage.


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