What does it mean to be brave?
Definition of bravery
1 : the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty : the quality or state of being brave : courage showing bravery under fire.
As I write I am on the doorstep of the Memorial Day Weekend and just around the corner from Father’s Day.
I find myself thinking about the courage that is required to be strong in the face of danger, fear, or difficulty. About times when I am not sure if action or inaction is the best choice.
It takes bravery to do something.
It takes bravery to do nothing.
“exhibiting courage or courageous endurance,” late 15c., from French brave, “splendid, valiant,” from Italian bravo “brave, bold,” originally “wild, savage,” a word of uncertain origin.
“exhibiting courageous endurance”
Sounds like the journey of grief.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and with many others, including my own children, the calendar reminds that our wonderful dad and grandpa–my husband–will not be here to celebrate.
What is bravery?
- I say bravery is about getting up in the morning and facing the day.
- I say bravery is about asking for help when I need it.
- I say bravery is about tackling things that go wrong and deciding to “keep going.”
Remember . . . if it feels like bravery is out of reach, maybe we just need:
or someone to listen…
or the distraction of a funny movie…
Bravery looks different for each of us.
Taking one small step makes all the difference.