Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.”
Without fear, courage is meaningless. When we or, someone we love, is in danger or in pain, when our way of life is threatened, or when we experience loss and suffering, that is the moment everything changes. There is an immediate awareness that the only option before us is courage.
Fear is part of our human experience. At some point we will all feel the wrenching emotion; avoidance is not an option. Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” This was echoed by Nelson Mandela. “I have 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.”
We build our lives with protective mechanisms to circumvent danger and tragedy. We search for security in a world of uncertainty. Perhaps, we do not recognize the generous amounts of courage that resides deep within our souls.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”