Today’s Wednesday Word is a challenging one: courage.
The first thing that I think of when I think of “courage” is the Cowardly Lion as played by Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies as a child, and I played the Cowardly Lion in an elementary school play. I can still sing most of “If I were king of the forrrrest …..”
One lesson of The Wizard of Oz is that the Cowardly Lion already had the courage he was hoping the Wizard would bestow on him. While his first response to most new situation was fear, he demonstrated courage when his friends were in danger.
Maybe that’s why when I think of courage, I think of standing up for others, or at least standing up for what’s right–doing the right thing even when it’s not the easy thing.
As a child, being courageous meant being kind to the kid that others were picking on, or making friends with the new kid.
As a teenager, being courageous meant resisting peer pressure, or risking getting in trouble to be a friend to a friend in need.
As a young adult, being courageous meant making life choices that reflected my values.
As a parent of young children, being courageous meant being that mom who asked the daycare about smoke detectors, who grilled the sleep-over host about guns in the house, and who called to make sure that the parents really would be there.
As a parent of young adults, being courageous means asking questions when I’d rather not know, speaking up when it would be easier to say nothing, and biting my tongue when I’d rather lecture.
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What does courage mean to you?
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