Our hearts all yearn for a better tomorrow, but hope is not simply wishful thinking. Hope is ‘confident expectation in a change in direction’.
Sherwin Nuland, is a surgeon, author and inspirational speaker. In this TED Talks presentation he mentions that the Oxford English Dictionary lists 14 definitions of hope but none truly hit the mark. Nuland speaks of moral imagination and the world as a patient in its original sense. We are the healers of the world through compassion, commitment, and persistence. Source
A courageous person, confronts fear and in overcoming fear strengthens their self-confidence. Whether or not you succeed in achieving any goal isn’t the point. The point is that you gave it your best and you have the ‘confident expectation’ of doing better next time, for every failure is a stepping stone to future success.
An excellent working definition of courage is found in this quote from the Wisdom Commons:
Courage is summoning strength in the face of life’s difficulties or, sometimes, life’s horrors. It mean proceeding in spite of pain, cost, or risk. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the deliberate decision that action is necessary regardless. Courage acknowledges uncertainty, but perseveres because of conviction and resolve. It offers us focus and self-possession so we can call up our competencies to meet our challenges.
Courage is not necessarily an outward act of heroism; it can be purely internal, such as making the decision to be cheerful in grief, to adhere to values different from those around us, or to give something another try.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is accepting reality even when one dislikes it. Courage is employing skillful means like taking steps to correct wrongs. It takes courage to take skillful action that heals brokenness and pain. It also takes courage to rise above fear and provide comfort where it is needed.
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”– Mahatma Gandhi
I acknowledge that I am stong willed and derive some strength from my personality type. I also know my strength arises from the challenges have fearlessly overcome with hope, courage, and other skillful means. What are your thoughts on and experiences of hope, courage and strength?