I got two valentines from two sweet, little girls on different days, in different settings and at different times. They both gave me the same valentine… which said “Courage is royal!”... now what that has to do with Valentine’s Day I really don’t know but obviously I saw a that they were the same and now needed to figure out the reason for the apparent coincidence, because that’s just me! My ponderings since then have come up with very little fruit though except for what I shall write in the rest of this blog of course! And now you shall be brought deep into the thoughts of Regan (minus all the rabbit trails I hope)
I could write a whole blog post on bravery, because bravery and courage are one and the same right?! Or are they? Yay for the people in my life who have taught me to think deeper then what the eye may see!
The definition of courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
Now bravery: possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.
making a fine appearance.
So bravery is a form of courage; bravery comes from courage. In my mind when I think of courage and bravery I think of the story books from growing up and the courageous knight and that bravely fought the dragon and saved the castle. So courage is putting aside your own life and feelings to help someone or do something. Having little to no thought for yourself and keeping a level of sanity in the face of stress.
As a pilot there’s a section of learning that you have to do called “Human Factors”. There’s so many instances where your body will feel one thing and your head will say one thing but you have to go beyond that and know what is actually happening!
For example: sensory illusions. Just something as simple as the ear can make you feel like you are a completely different orientation then you really are, because the fluid in the ear takes about 15-20 seconds to catch up with the the speed of the motion of the ear canal.
So pilots have to learn to know how their own bodies work to be able to compensate. Sanity in stressful situations. Is that courage? Well not really, but my point is that it takes practice to overcome your desires to serve others. You have to know how to stifle your own inner wants. That will help you tremendously in the face of trial to keep a level head.
Which comes back to the Lord’s prayer, “Your will be done”, it is hard to surrender yourself. It takes total love and trust on your part to give yourself fully to Christ. I think that is a true act of courage when someone surrenders all to Christ, but also I feel like that is a act of love and humility too. Courage that is followed by true humility is the greatest example of courage. All the glory to God because I am nothing without Him. Having no thought for yourself with the knowledge that you serve a higher purpose then what the human eye can see.