Wisdom Brings The Gift, Courage Allows Us To Use It

courageThe goal of this blog is to give you, the reader, hints, tips, and whatever else, to help with knowing your mind better. Knowing the self is to know one of the best things.  One of the key elements that this blog cannot give you, though, is the element of courage. Courage is something that is within you.

It’s there, trust me.

I’m not trying to give some sort of a “rah rah” speech or anything (I hate “rah rah” speeches), but I state a fact: Courage is present.

Courage is your ability to look a situation, straight in the eye, and say, “Excuse me, but I’m going to pass on by now, and regardless of where you are in front of me, I am passing by.” At times, it is not easy. At times, it is not joyful. At times, it is dark and you cannot see beyond the next step you are to take. But, you do take that next step, and in doing so, you begin to pass by a situation, circumstance, person or thing which was holding you back. You may not know your ultimate destination at this point, but you are closer to it. That, in itself, can be a scary thought.

Courage is found in the meekest of us. Meekness does not imply timidity.

I want to use two quotes here. The first is from Emerson: “Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.” The second one is from Churchill: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

If you devote yourself to knowing your mind, then there will be times to speak your mind. There will also be times when you must listen to others. The greater part of wisdom is to know the difference. Part of what courage brings is how we act toward these two situations. Wisdom is what brings the gift, courage allows us to use it.  This may seem like common sense, and is easily recognized, but in the heat of a moment these thoughts may elude us entirely. Also, if we find ourselves alone and have somewhat of a chance to think, by ourselves, then our thoughts may be clouded by the rush of thoughts or ideas about what others may have told us about what it is that they have done, or possibly what they think we should do or be.

In the heat of emotions or the flood of thoughts, we may tend to lose ourselves.

Often, we seek to go the path that others have taken, rather than forging our own. This results in either conformity, which is doing what others do, or totalitarianism, which is what others want you to do (Frankl, p. 48), and it brings on a diminished capacity of thinking for one’s self. We limit ourselves to what others do or say, while they cannot see our own abilities, desires, and thoughts.

We don’t want that, do we?

In this case, we need to remember: “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.” ~~ Nietzsche

Don’t sit and think what must be thought, but think, and stand to say what must be said.

Frankl, V. E. (1992). Man’s search for meaning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.


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