When you hear the word courage we often think of those individuals who have fought in battles and saved lives. We see the people who stand up for the right thing when no else does as being courageous. It’s true these people all have courage. But how did they get that kind of courage?
Courage isn’t simply something someone is born with it’s developed over time. And it often involves everyday activities. And often the most courageous people in the world are never noticed.
The two most courageous people I know aren’t going to receive any awards, but they’ve got courage.
The neighbor girl who goes to school each day even though the other kids tease her because she doesn’t have money to dress as well as some of her peers. The girl told me she has friends, but some of the other girls at school just aren’t nice to her. They don’t understand that she helps her mom out with her younger brothers. And that her mother doesn’t speak English very well so she helps her when they go places where her mom will need to speak English. She told me she wants to do well in school so that she can help her family have a better future. She says that she doesn’t think the other girls at school understand that and that is why they make fun of her. It takes a lot of guts to think and act this way.
The other is one of the gentlemen who is developmentally disabled. For several years his father said he wouldn’t do anything. He told someone that he wanted a job. And well he got one working at a grocery store. He now tells everyone I have a job.
Both of these individuals have taken small lots of small courageous steps, and it has turned into a big act of courage with great benefits for both of them.