Courage Isn’t Having The Strength To Go On

Courage isn't having the strength to go on
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“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”

There are as many forms of fear as there are many faces of courage. We can be courageous in our own simple ways-a trait essential for a happy authentic life. To borrow Aristotle‘s words: “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.”

James Hollingworth, under the pseudonym Ambrose Redmoon, wrote, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear.” Simply put, courageous people aren’t technically fearless but rather good at managing their fears. The bad news for anxious people is that having the “worry” gene makes fear harder for them to overcome.

Scott Stossel, author of the book, “My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind”, points out, based on numerous studies, that the susceptibility to anxiety is strongly determined by genes. That is, anxious people shouldn’t blame themselves for being anxious. Several finding have also suggested their high likelihood of developing fears and less chances of overcoming them. Experts in the field state that it’s time to let go of the misconception that those who struggle with anxiety are weak.

Anxious people should be given credit for their small acts of courage, according to psychologists. They tend to carry a larger share of regret and guilt for being anxious, not knowing that anxiety is more of a handicap than a weakness. Experts believe that getting rid of their self-defeating thoughts is their first step towards facing their fears.

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