Courage: from the heart


It’s about heart.
It’s raw and real and comes from the deepest part of who we are.
It’s not about accomplishment or victory.
Courage is a way of being. A choice. Standing in the awesome (as in inspiring awe or fear) truth of who we are… and revealing it.

Courage comes from LOVE.

The origins of the word reference the heart. Middle English uses defer to the heart as the seat of feeling. The Latin root cor means heart.

We define courage in the modern dictionary as doing something that frightens us, or as strength in the face of pain or grief.

I believe the definition of courage is more rooted in the heart than we realize.

We define this heart-based term in relation to fear. Understandable. But the deeper meaning is that courage comes from our heart, the place of love and emotion. It’s not about force or will. Courage is about a far more vulnerable kind of being.
Think about the word. Think about acting from the heart. Living from the heart. And know that living from the heart is the most courageous act there is.

Want to check out some other thoughts on courage and bravery?

Abs and his mom have some good things to say about listening to that voice inside, living your truth, and inspiring each other to live with courage.

“Say what you wanna say. And let the worlds fall out. Honestly I wanna see you be brave…. I just wanna see you…”

Brené Brown and Oprah talk courage and vulnerability and Dr. Brown’s latest book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

1 comment… add one
  • Beth Aug 12, 2013, 1:29 pm

    Hi Amy,
    This was a timely post, as I’ve been thinking lately I needed to have the courage to be vulnerable in my relationships. It’s been a positive exercise!

    Great post, I particularly enjoyed the Oprah clip.

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