Why Courage Matters

Nov 11, 2012 by

Why Courage Matters

Why Courage MattersDo you know Why Courage Matters? Do you know what it means to be afraid of the consequences but continue on your course anyway?

These are great words, big ideas that guide us, but what does it mean to be courageous in your day-to-day life? Knowing why courage matters today, to you, in this moment is what’s important.

A friend of mine reminded me of my favorite quote today:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt

That quote always gets me. It always brings me back to a grounded place and helps me remember why courage matters. It makes me stop and listen to myself, to my own heartbeat and bring my attention to illuminate my own path. Teddy Roosevelt’s quote forces me to get back in the ring, to take another step forward, to realize that I’m not alone when I fall, to realize that if I am not daring greatly that I am being a coward, and I refuse to let that happen. Teddy reminds me why courage matters … day-to-day … it matters because every day because if I’m not risking greatly to take another step with my heart, then I’ve blown what precious moments I have on this little blue rock we call home.

So here’s my question: “What have you done today that is courageous?”  What battle did you fight? What person did you hold on to no matter what the cost? What idea did you explore and push on that gave you a moment of great daring? If you didn’t take a moment to be courageous today, to do something, love someone, explore somewhere no matter what may happen, then do it now, just for a moment … take a breath, pay attention, and be courageous.

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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