The original meaning of courage was “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” Today, it’s more synonymous with being heroic, but the original meaning of courage still stands. Yes, it takes courage to be heroic, but on a regular day, what really takes courage is being vulnerable and open.
When we pay attention, we can see courage in a lot of places. We can see courage in anyone who asks a question and risks sounding stupid in front of their peers. We can see courage in the people who admit their mistakes openly and risk the embarrassment that follows. And whenever someone displays courage, it creates a ripple effect and motivates others around them to be courageous too.
Practice shame resilience.