To a large extent, your virtues define who you are and what your life is like. Your ability to be honest, compassionate and never give up, for example, greatly impact how you interact with the world and how the world interacts with you. Are some virtues more significant than others? I believe one virtue lays the foundation for all the rest. That virtue is courage. It takes incredible courage, for example, to be honest. It is often easier to be dishonest, especially when you don’t like what you see. Tremendous courage is also required for true compassion. The most compassionate people I know have had the courage to delve deeply and sit with their own pain and suffering in order to develop true compassion and caring for the suffering of others. What about persistence? When life gets hard or uncertain, throwing in the towel is easy. Staying the course, trying again, getting up after you fall – these are all courageous acts. I consider myself a brave and courageous soul. I have deep admiration for this trait in others. How much do you value courage? Do you look for opportunities daily to flex your “courage” muscle? Could you be more courageous today?
The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the courage of your soul. All other great virtues and significant accomplishments are preceded and supported by this virtue. Let courage define your life and be the foundation of all that you do.