“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”
-Clare Boothe Luce
As we all know virtues encompass high moral standards that shape our own behavior. Examples are these like ambition, patience, friendliness and love. There is one however that American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce says is what the other virtues mount itself upon and that is courage. Just the visual she presents before us in her quote that the only way we are able to reach those other virtues is due to the ladder of courage getting us there exemplifies how important the virtue of courage is. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables anyone to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear. And you want to know what is great about this virtue? We all have it within us even when we don’t think we do.
Recently on Lifehack.org a blog wrote a complete guide to developing our courage during these trying times. Some of their highlights included practicing courage often by trying new things and challenging those things that we fear. Accept the fact that sometimes things will not always go according to plan and that is okay. Pain or loss is only temporary and it all comes down to our mindset. Courage is not invincible, nor is it undefeated. Courage is meant to face those things in life that bring forth self-doubt and tackle them head on. It gives you the tools necessary to make the impossible possible. We all have our own specials gifts to share with others. The question is will we have the courage to openly share them?
Winston Churchill once called courage the first human quality because it is the quality which guarantees all others. It takes a tremendous amount of courage for us to be the person we would like to become. What kind of person do you have the courage to be?
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?