Courage is Grace under Pressure

A young boy had a severe stammering problem. He overcame this hurdle and worked tirelessly to get over the stammer. He grew up to become an advocate and one of the finest orators in India. His name was Nani Palkhivala.

For all her life, my mother has dedicated every waking hour towards her family. Not once, has she thought about herself. But in 2022, she decided to take the plunge and start her own food page on Instagram. The one thing that makes her feel the happiest is cooking. It has been a few months now, and people are loving her recipes and posts.

The year was 2016. It was a regular holiday morning. On a whim, I decided to start a blog. Becoming a blogger is actually not that big a deal for most. But to the 2016 version of me, it was. I was too scared to open up and share my thoughts. What if people hated what I wrote? What if nobody even reads the blog? So many “what-ifs” kept popping into my mind.

A small voice within me squeaked, “Chetana, it’s now or never.” And thus, The Soulful Nib was born.

These are 3 very different instances, each having their own set of struggles.

But there is something common among all these instances: Courage.

More often than not, we do not take that leap of faith. It is because of self-doubt that creeps in like an uninvited guest.

Unless we take a step forward and actually take action, our thoughts and aspirations will remain just that. They will never see the light of day.

Being courageous is one of the biggest strengths.

Courage is choosing a path that is uncommon.

Courage is choosing to do the right thing.

Courage is being true to yourself.

Courage is loving fearlessly.

Courage is overcoming your weaknesses.

Courage is saying the truth despite knowing that the consequences will not be what you wanted.

Courage is choosing the sensible option.

Courage is thinking practically rather than in the spur of the moment.

Courage is not filtering reality.

Courage is to be vulnerable.

Defining courage is difficult because it is different for each person. But it all boils down to one thing: that it requires a lot of strength and bravery.

We are all courageous in our own ways. Think about yourself. I am sure there have been quite a few instances where you had to build a lot of courage to do something.

This one quote by Ernest Hemingway speaks volumes: Courage is grace under pressure.

Isn’t that a beautiful thought?

What are your views on courage? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, stay blessed and stay courageous!

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