There is more than one way to have Courage
There is a principle that was set forth in Modern Heathenry and followed or respected by most practitioners called the Nine Noble Virtues. The Nine Noble Virtues were codefied by the Odinic Rite in the early 1970’s. Though many Heathens are not a part of the Odinic Rite and do not follow the Nine Nobel Virtues in the sense of them being “Laws” or “Rules” they are no matter what good principles to follow.
The following is directly from the Odinic Rite Website:
The moral codes of the Odinic Rite were codified from The Hávamál and The Sigrdrífomál (poems from the Elder Edda) in the early 1970′s by two of the OR’s founding members, John Yeowell (aka Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (aka Hoskuld). Since that time they have been widely adopted and although others have felt the need to change and adapt them, to us they remain as laid down by our founders.
Courage – Truth – Honour
Fidelity – Discipline – Hospitality
Self-reliance – Industriousness – Perseverence
Courage is what Legends are Made of
I’m sure we all have grow up on stories full of courageous acts. Where a hero in front of overwhelming odds continues on no matter the cost. We here of them in real life also; the solider who fights on to protect and save others, or the fire fighter who rushes into a burning building to safe another. We all knows those are Courageous Acts and we would never question that. People past and present who have shown such large acts of Courage are spoken and sung about for ages to come. They inspire others to know that they too can be courageous. Most importantly they inspire each of us to know we can be Courageous in our every day lifes.
Be Courageous Day to Day
I want to talk more about the Courage of the every day person. How each of us can live day to day being Courageous.
First though a Quote from the 2003 version of Peter Pan. Bravery being a synonym for Courage, I see this as fitting.
Mrs. Darling: There are many different kinds of bravery. There's the bravery of thinking of others before one's self. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family, and put away many dreams.
Michael: Where did he put them?
Mrs. Darling: He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer... He does. And that is why he is brave.
Sometimes in our lives we will be faced with choices to do actions that very obviously take Courage to act on. Many of us will never be faced with the choice to run into a burning building though.
That Courage may be a simple as telling someone the truth about something. It may be doing an action you know if the right course but may result in negative consequences.
Truly though what have Courage means is not allowing Fear or Doubt to decide your fate.
Is there something recently you have done that took Courage to do?
For me, I’d say deciding to switch careers after my lay off last September. I’m scared and anxious about this. Will we have spent money we don’t have on this venture or will it’s possible I won’t be any good at teaching. But I have to take care of my family and that is what matters most.
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