By Jennifer Eulberg MA, LPC
Courage is most often represented in actions taken rather than those not taken. There are many important examples of courage from first responders and soldiers for example. While those examples and others like it are true, there are plenty of “quiet” acts that describe courage as well.
For some in our society it takes bravery to just live their lives, to make it through. For some it takes strength and bravery to live, to say no to suicidal thoughts, to say no to indignities, to say no to those with more power. Courage is found in the child that doesn’t succumb to peer pressure but follows his/her/their own path.
Acts of courage aren’t always “pretty” or successful in looking “good”. It can also look quiet, peaceful, it can fail to achieve its goal. Courage can look tearful, embarrassing, difficult, ugly, and hard. There might not be cheering, applause, or gratitude. Courage doesn’t always look decisive, strong, and big. It is also in the unsure, the timid, and the small spaces.
Remember, too, courage doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Asking for help is also brave. Our strength can grow as we inspire others and they inspire us in return. Perhaps this can serve as a reminder to yourself of all the acts of courage you have taken in your life.
At one time it was an act of courage for me to volunteer to write this blog. Today, I am embracing courage in a different way as I pass the baton to someone else. I’m so happy I have been able to contribute to Sandhill in this way and hopefully to my readers. Thank you to everyone who has read, shared, and liked. A closing “cheers” to recognizing all types of courage. I hope you find yours.
JENNIFER EULBERG, MA, LPC
Welcome Jennifer, our new blogger!
Jennifer is a counselor at Sandhill who specializes in depression, self-esteem, and grief & loss. Get to know Jennifer as she shares her perspectives on life, contemplates value themes, and offers gentle encouragement.
THANK YOU to Stefanie Pisarkiewicz, LPC for her blog contributions from November 2014 - February 2019!