What is courage? As per definition courage is the ability to face fear, pain, danger and uncertainty. We call those persons, brave and courageous if they confront any fear and come out successfully. Some may be afraid of animals, reptiles and insects, they may shout at the sight of these, do they act because of lack of courage? No, not at all; not afraid of these things do not mean courageous.
If you meet any danger, like, accidents, we should be courageous to act as per the situation. Quick and judicious responds is courage. Think of a challenge that we have to face during our life time. It may come from our partner, children, friends or from parents. It may be about taking a decision on serious situation; may be a disease, financial problems or family matters. Here comes the question how courageous you are while finding a solution for the issues.
What will be our first reaction when we have to face a breathtaking problem? We may feel agitated, irritated, intolerant and inpatient. We may quarrel or may get angry with our dear ones? These may be coming out from us unknowingly as the reaction of our discomfort. These are not the actions of a courageous person. We may be making foes due to our actions because we are not courageous.
Courage means, how we encounter the situation? If we feel irritated and if we spend our time cursing others and God, we are not courageous. We may be escaping or running away from the danger or disease or situation. Such a person could not find solution to the problems. It may become adverse and serious; and later, we may be unable to find a solution. A courageous person won’t sleep on a problem, he will confront it bravely, and will be restless until he resolves it. He wont’ get angry with his dear ones, he will be calm as well as brave while confronting a grave issues. Tolerance is the twin brother of courage. Together with tolerance and patience, a courageous person could find a solution to all the problems.
Let us remember the words of Nelson Mandela: “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”.