I view courage as something that is difficult to do, but in spite of the difficult nature you move forward. Now this could be something you want to do or something you don’t. With courage can come a fear of the unknown or be seen as a challenge. It is more often considered to be a positive action. It does not take courage to be a coward.
On a spiritual level; being that we are spiritual beings built on the foundation of the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love: true positive courage needs all three to manifest.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Courage by definition: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/courage
cour·age [kur-ij, kuhr-] –noun
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.
I have to ponder, does Churchill think that sometimes people put too much effort into having an opinion? Or listening to an opinion that maybe different from your own so you can digest the others words and then grow in knowledge? Growing in knowledge begets wisdom and the wise are courageous in their words and deeds. What you might believe to be the truth or an informed opinion could be challenged by new or additional information. Therefore increasing your knowledge and changing what you might have believed to be true in the past.
Can you think of a time that patiently listening helped the situation?
If you had blurted out what was wrong or your thoughts it might have been a bad thing?
Listen, I have spoken at the wrong time or thought I knew what the other was going to say, only to be wrong then needing to apologize. At one time or another we all have had these weak moments. Weakness makes us ‘human’ yet we must continue trying to overcome our weaknesses. Otherwise we give in to cowardice behaviors and a cowards way of thinking.
I know people who know matter what you say, they will listen, then tell you what they think about it, never learning from the other point of view. Their ears never processed in their brain what they heard. In one ear, out the other syndrome is common, sadly it is not common sense, since it is not so common.
To often others aren’t interested in someone else’s opinion, they are only interested in their opinion. These people are out of control, trying to control everything around them by only hearing, seeing and acknowledging no opinion but their own.
I’ve always been one of those people who weighs all options and opinions. It helps me have a more balanced outlook on life. As I listen, I learn, increasing my knowledge and wisdom. I am fallible and imperfect. Yet I choose to learn, no only from my mistakes but from others mistakes also. Including learning from success. Whether it is mine it someone else’s.
Ask Yourself These Questions:
- What do you think has occurred?
- Has the conversation been good? Or did it just leave the “We agree to disagree” statement.
- Sadly when this occurs it leaves open a gap that can widen and grow larger eventually dividing both persons to a very large degree. This is how it is with war, whether it is a political war or a war of the spirit. If all encounters are viewed from nothing but the others point it makes it impossible to have a middle ground of agreement.
Does this seem affective to you?
A particular religious belief system could fall into this category. Having courage to listen and broaden ones perspective can create a new and better reality where people can live together in harmony and freedom. This takes courage.
Do you have any thoughts on this?