the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
Example; She showed great courage throughout this difficult time.
Synonym: Bravery, guts, nerve, valor, daring, audacity,
“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistency.” – Maya Angelou
Courage, my chosen word for week 3…so far I haven’t seen it too much, as well as struggled with recognizing it. The quote above from Maya Angelou made me think that I possibly should have done this one first, especially since I am having such a difficult time and the idea that it is needed to be able to practice all other virtues.
But I had a major breakthrough yesterday with my current employer.
” It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.” – Dumbledore, Harry Potter
Or in this case, your boss or better yet, my boss. I have worked for this person for 26 years and have a very long history of being a doormat. Always doing what was asked, without question; helping out others whenever needed without being asked; doing my work with excellence; creating harmony in my workplace; being agreeable; kind; appreciative; tolerant; patient. Working my job consistently without the tools necessary to truly excel; being left out of the loop of key communications; not receiving any incentives or directions with only a small salary increase in last 17 of the 26 years. (Not that I didn’t ask, but would get “yessed” to death and nothing would change.)
Yesterday was different. I was asked to do something again that felt to me like I was being dis-honored, dis-respected and dis-valued, but this time I didn’t accept it. It took a lot of courage but I spoke up with assertiveness and love. Was I afraid, yes, but I did it anyway.
“speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.”- Maggie Kuhn, Social Activist
I knew in my heart that this was the right thing to do, that this was my truth and as long as I said it with conviction, with honesty, with love and kindness, that I was doing what was right for me, for my integrity, for my self-respect, and self-esteem.
“Courage is not living without fear. Courage is being scared to death and doing the right thing anyway.”- Chae Richardson
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
This time it was more important for me to say what I needed to say, without fear of the consequences.
“No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties, and is prepared to assume responsibilities.”- William J. H. Boetcker
I did get a pay raise, it was implemented today (he also gave one to all the employees in the company). There were a number of decisions reached for changes which will happen over the next several weeks and months, for the betterment of all concerned.
But the best part is I have changed, there is no going back, and this is all because of MKMMA. I am growing, I am winning, I will persist, I will win.
I am nature’s greatest miracle. I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, happy and courageous. I walk tall among men and they know me not, for today, I am a new man with a new life.
“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures-and that is the basis of all morality.”
– John F. Kennedy