Courage

Synonyms of courage are bravery, valor, bravado.

What Is Courage?

Courage is the willing to do something that could be intimidating or dangerous, or could cause pain or grief.

Let’s begin with a story about courage.

COURAGE AND COWARDICE

Robert and Henry were going home from school, when, on turning a corner, Robert cried out, “A fight! let us go and see!”

“No,” said Henry; “let us go quietly home and not meddle with this quarrel. We have nothing to do with it, and may get into mischief.”

“You are a coward, and afraid to go,” said Robert, and off he ran. Henry went straight home, and in the afternoon went to school, as usual. But Robert had told all the boys that Henry was a coward, and they laughed at him a great deal.

Henry had learned, however, that true courage is shown most in bearing reproach when not deserved, and that he ought to be afraid of nothing but doing wrong. A few days after, Robert was bathing with some schoolmates, and got out of his depth. He struggled, and screamed for help, but all in vain.

The boys who had called Henry a coward, got out of the water as fast as they could, but they did not even try to help him. Robert was fast sinking, when Henry threw off his clothes, and sprang into the water. He reached Robert just as he was sinking the last time. By great effort, and with much danger to himself, he brought Robert to the shore, and thus saved his life. Robert and his schoolmates were ashamed at having called Henry a coward. They owned that he had more courage than any of them. Never be afraid to do good, but always fear to do evil.

Discussion:

  1. What is courage?
  2. Why was Henry considered a coward by the other boy?
  3. Have you ever been challenged like Henry? How did you show your courage to do what is right?

The Need to Be Courageous

Courage can make our life productive and interesting; it can even protect you from emotional and physical harm. The courage to tell a friend you would not participate in smoking is courageous because your friend might not want to be your friend anymore.

We are always faced with challenges everyday. These challenges could bring out the best or worst in us. We can choose to face these challenges or we can choose to hide from them. Hiding may seem sensible sometimes, but it may keep us back: from showing our true selves, from developing our physical strengths, from learning new things, or meeting new people.

Sometimes you have to find ways to cope with fear and grow in courage. the story below shows how Lucy overcomes her fear of the darkness.

Courage build trust with others. Telling the truth, even when it is difficult to do so, is one way of showing courage. Telling the truth can encourage others to do what is right. Telling the truth helps you and others to act more responsibly. In the story below, the outspoken ant is able to stop the grasshopper from bullying the colony of ants.

Linking topic: Loyalty

Loyalty and Courage help you become trustworthy. Others feel they can trust you and share their thoughts with you. They know you will always say and do the right thing.

Discussion Question:

Cite at least two benefits of ovecoming one of your fears.

State two benefits for telling the truth.