Quiet Courage

In his new book David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell writes:

Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover that they aren’t so tough after all.

Then there’s the courage that perseveres through something incredibly tougher than you could have possibly imagined—death, divorce, disability, depression—yet manages to keep going. Its heroes don’t make the six o’clock news; they barely make it out the door some days. Scars, not medals, prove their valor.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb cautions, “Avoid calling heroes those who had no choice.” But we always have a choice; not about our circumstances perhaps, but about our response.

Be courageous. Choose to keep going.

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you
from one moment to the next.”
—Mignon McLaughlin


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