Only bravery

“For the only courage worth calling courage must necessarily mean that the soul passes a breaking point — and does not break.”C.K. Chesterton

Courage is not only a virtue, or one of the most important virtues, or even the most important virtue that a man can posses. Courage is every single virtue at its breaking point.

One cannot be good without being brave; this virtue of his will be tested by men, will be discouraged. One cannot be ambitious unless he is brave enough to keep on going when it seems that the entire universe conspires against his desires. One cannot love unless he is brave enough to fight for that which he loves, unless he is brave enough to fight against the impulse to give up.

Life has a way of changing you for the worst. It’s the easiest way. Life has a way of making cynics out of us.

You cannot believe in something unless you are brave enough to believe it even when people ridicule you, argue with you, or even worse.

Without bravery, this wicked world can turn saints into sinners.

One cannot treat people in the way he’d like to be treated unless one is courageous enough to do so even with those who hardly deserve any respect at all. One cannot create his dreams into reality unless one is brave enough to do so.

Simply put, unless one is brave, one cannot be anything at all.

But being brave is not the same as not being afraid. If one is afraid, and still does what he wants, then one is brave. Being brave is not about being strong and fearless in the face of adversity. Being brave means being afraid, very much so at times. Being brave means going on when one feels weak and is terrified by a multitude of negative thoughts.

Many cry because they want to give up. Many more give up even before reaching that point. And very few cry because they don’t want to give up. They cry because the interior motivation they require in order to fight for the life they want needs to be replenished.

Being brave means working for what you want until you can’t work anymore.

Being brave means fighting for what you want until you can’t fight anymore.

Being brave means to wait just enough until you have enough strength so you can work and fight again.

Contrary to what you might be lead to believe, this world will never tolerate less. Of course, people got used to call their lack of courage as pragmatism or what has almost become a sacred art these days: compromise.

So, yes, it’s not luck or fate that makes the difference. It’s not talent. It’s not intelligence. It’s not beauty. It’s not wealth. But courage.

Because unless one is brave, one will never truly feel alive either.

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18 comments on “Only bravery

  1. walkerkaty0 says:

    Courage and bravery can be hard to do sometimes, but worth it!

  2. animallogic says:

    This is my maxim also. You have written this beautifully. X

  3. this is the essence of bravery

  4. cvnadagroup2017 says:

    bravo….

  5. Weston Webb says:

    I could not agree more. Very few truly worthwhile things in life are easily achieved. Constant vigilance, and the constitution to do what is necessary are a must. Anything less than that is a disgrace.

  6. The word courage comes from the French word “coeur” which means to love. Courage is a value word and values come from the heart so being brave is living with your whole heart, even though it might be scary. Being brave can also mean walking away from someone or something. Very inspiring post. Beautiful.

  7. rijzzz says:

    Well said. There is an Indian advertisement on a carbonated drink named mountain dew. Its maxim is : Darr sabko lagta he. Darr k aage jeet hain ( All are afraid; a
    head of fear lies success)

  8. Himali Shah says:

    beautifully penned

  9. joyful2bee says:

    I agree. Bravery is truer perhaps when you have assessed the situation and understand what you are going into and go because you are compelled to do so.

  10. maikomar says:

    Amazing post, really inspiring and discusses an important matter. Keep writing 👍🏼

  11. taubaasiya says:

    I couldn’t agree more. :)

  12. A very fine piece. I will point out though that sometimes true compromise requires great courage. There will be times when you and another person, beloved or not, have aspirations or desires that at some point are mutually exclusive. It’s important then to know the difference between courage and stubbornness, bravery and obstinance. But you are right – the word ‘compromise’ should never be confused with, used as a euphemism for ‘surrender’.

  13. Crissy Dean says:

    Beautiful post and well written! I created a new blog last month called Real Life Natural Wife. I really enjoyed your blog. I hope you’ll come check it out and leave me a comment with your thoughts! Congrats on being freshly pressed! Have a great day!

  14. Crissy Dean says:

    I thought I was on the freshly pressed page for same odd reason. Lol.. you definitely deserve to be! ;-)

  15. moldydaisy says:

    Well said! “this wicked world can turn saints into sinners” – i’d like to add, it also takes courage to turn a sinner into a saint!

  16. mitchteemley says:

    Love the Chesterton quote.

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