I was recently reading a book and came across this term: Tremendous Courage. I wonder, what does it take to have Tremendous Courage? My first thought was to define the term, give it some meaning and then think about who I know that fits into that definition. I start at dictionary.com:
1. extraordinarily great in size, amount, or intensity: a tremendous ocean liner; tremendous talent.
2. extraordinary in excellence: a tremendous movie.
3. dreadful or awful, as in character or effect; exciting fear; frightening; terrifying.
cour·age [kur-ij, kuhr-]
1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete . the heart as the source of emotion.
3. have the courage of one’s convictions, to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in spite of criticism.
- A couple who decides to get married?
- A woman who decides to have a baby?
- A person who signs an oath that they are willing to die to defend our Country?
- A person who receives a diagnosis of some life threatening illness and decides to fight it with all they have, despite the odds?
- A mother or father who loses a child?
- Anyone who chooses to change their life through dieting, getting a new job, moving, attend a new church, etc?
- Parents whose children now live in Heaven.
- Members of the military that have lost a limb in combat.
- People who are physically disabled in some way and confined to a wheelchair.
- People who struggle, everyday, with a debilitating illness.
- Single moms and single dads.
- People who are dealing with great financial adversity.
- The choice to talk about losing a child, either through blogs or public speaking to educate other parents who may be dealing with the same loss.
- The choice to be an advocate for other disabled Veterans. The choice to bike or run or swim despite the physical limitations. The choice to ask for help in the form of applying for a Service Dog.
- The choice to wake up every day and make the most of that day, despite the challenges of illness.
- The choice to BE that single mom or dad. And to be the best parent for their child.
- The choice to say, “I need help” and take a class, read a book or educate yourself on how to be a better steward of money.