Fear is an emotion, but courage is a decision. We can choose to be brave. Instead of seeing courage as the absence of fear, we can embrace courage as the ability to manage our fears. Although courage and fear are often intertwined, by focusing on courage instead of fear, we can make headway. Development of courage comes through looking at what we have control over, surveying alternatives and options, and making decisions based on what’s possible. Practicing courage builds confidence and rounds us out.
I had the honor of meeting Mandela in person—and just sitting in the same room with him was like being in the presence of both grace and royalty. Even now, I can hardly believe that after living in a cell for nearly three decades, he is unscathed by bitterness.
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