Invisible Courage Is Still Courage

 Invisible Courage Is Still Courage

There are women who would rather run into a burning building than throw out their make-up.

There are men who would gladly go to war if the option was paired against sitting eyeball to eyeball with another person and exposing their brokenness.

If you are terrified of something and you do it anyway, you are courageous. Period  

Courage is born of action in the face of fear.  When the fear is the most paralyzing, when the resistance is strongest, this is where your act of courage can move the largest mountains. The fear doesn't have to be rational, everyone doesn't need to agree it's scary - If you are terrified of something and you do it anyway, you are courageous. Period  

Those brave people who run into burning buildings, who stand up and speak up while others sit in silence, who armor up and go to war - they are the ones we usually label "courageous."  And they are. Just not the only ones.

What if we measured courage differently?  What if our celebrations of courage were as diverse as our experiences of fear?

May we have eyes to see the courage in others so we can call them out, acknowledge, encourage, and maybe throw the occasional party.