Theme of the week: Courage
Mrs Munnik's Courage Assembly
Courage is something that everybody wants - an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the Bible to fairy tales; ancient myths to Hollywood movies, our culture is rich with exemplary tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good. From the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz who finds the courage to face the witch, to David battling Goliath in the Bible, to Star Wars and Harry Potter, children are raised on a diet of heroic and inspirational tales.
Yet courage is not just physical bravery. History books tell colorful tales of social activists, such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, who chose to speak out against injustice at great personal risk. Entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, who took financial risks to follow their dreams and innovate, are like modern-day knights, exemplifying the rewards and public accolades that courage can bring.
There are different types of courage, ranging from physical strength and endurance to mental stamina and innovation. The below quotes demonstrate six different ways in which we define courage. Which are most relevant to you?
- Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act - "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela
- Follow your heart - "And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." - Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech, June 2005.
- Persevering in the Face of Adversity - "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, "I'll try again tomorrow" - Mary Ann Radmacher
- Standing up for what is right - "From caring comes courage." - Lao Tzu
- Expanding your horizons; Letting go of the familiar - "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore". - Lord Chersterfield
- Facing Suffering with dignity or Faith - "A man of courage is also full of faith." - Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Reflections for this week:
- What practical steps can you take to show courage in your daily life?
- What is holding you back from having the courage to pursue your life dream?
- Where in your life do you need to have more courage?