“Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.” Andrew Johnson
I want to use the Wikipedia definition of courage. Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.
When I was researching this specific topic I never put much thought to the difference between physical and moral courage. I think that I have always combined the two together.
Great leaders are always faced with decisions that directly affect their courage. Great leaders are seen and known as great leaders because they stand out from the crowd. They stand tall because they know without a shadow of doubt that they can hold their head high and be confident that they have made good judgment calls.
The fact is that every great leader will be challenged by others. They will challenge their integrity, honesty and even their morals. It is up to the great leader to always make sure they are making good, even righteous decisions.
We all know what is right and wrong. It is what we do with our right and wrong decisions that identifies how courageous we are.
Many will do anything it takes to shred you of every bit of integrity and moral values you have, but it will depend on how courageous you are to fight and stand up for what you believe in.
My invitation to you is that you look back on your life and identify how you have lived your life, how you have made decisions and how others perceive you. I would invite you to think before you act and respond instead of reacting.