This post is originally a part of the #inspireweek I just started on my blog and hopefully it will become a viral trend. This is not the full article, just a rundown but the full one canbhe found on the blog. What is COURAGE? I mean I could just get a dictionary or as well visit Google for a definition but I feel it just doesn't really capture what true COURAGE is. I believe we humans can only and truly know what COURAGE is when we live it, when we are at a time in our lives and we just need to have COURAGE. So I was really nervous when I first decided to carry out the inspire week. I did not really know what reaction to expect. I began to loose faith in the idea because I was scared of failure. I initially wanted to use my friends as the covers for every day of the #inspireweek but things did not turn out well and I had to be COURAGEOUS enough to improvise and be proud of it. So I did what I loved to do. I designed things, of course they are not completely mine but I add something of myself. I wish I could make it more fun and give out gifts but I am okay with what I am giving out now which is inspiration. In order to further inspire, I did the second best thing I know how to do and that is research and I came acroos something that touched my heart. The tricky thing about life is that we need COURAGE everyday of our lives. Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. In the spirit of expanding my knowledge about COURAGE, I found that faith breeds COURAGE. We don't nevessarily have to be christians to understand this. In my opinion, the part of Faith where COURAGE is born is in the works and the bible says in James 2:17 "Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, it is dead," this further emphasizes the true capacity of COURAGE.. I will share a story. The present light situation is quite harsh and where I live we have not had that for days. This very day I really wanted to charge my phone and I said to God "if only I get 50%" and with COURAGE and faith I plugged in all my appliances and waited and within minutes the light came and I got 50% before it went off. That strengthened me in such a deep way. Where do you find your courage? The strongest courage that we can possibly experience comes from faith in God. Looking at the bible, in the story of the children of Israel leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea, they had faith in their Lord but they could have wavered when the sea departed but I believe the COURAGE that faith breeds allowed them to cross to the very end (Exodus 14). Courage is one of the greatest manifestations of faith. Courageous faith is confident that God cannot and will not make a mistake. Being COURAGEOUS is a commandment of God. In Joshua 1:9, the bible says "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest". Ralph Waldo Emerson. Our acts of COURAGE might seem unimportant or not a big deal but every little act of COURAGE matters. So BE COURAGEOUS, recognition or not, it matters. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson said "Everyman has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons." Here are 7 tips on how to be COURAGEOUS: 1. Courage means being afraid and acting anyway. It is no news that fear is a universally powerful emotion, and we all know how terrible terror feels. Thus, we should grasp that feeling afraid and acting anyway is a form of nobility. 2. Courage is a habit, a muscle you can exercise. As Brene Brown writes in her book The Gifts of Imperfection, “Courage is…a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.” Get in the habit of deciding what you think about things and speaking from that place of conviction. Practice saying what you think about small, inconsequential things: pleasantly, politely—but firmly. 3. Notice every time you do something that you’re scared to do—something your body is telling you not to do. 4. Focus on the people or cause you’re standing up for. 5. Find courage in numbers. It’s much easier to act in the company of even one other person who feels the way you do. The hardest thing in the world is to dissent solo. Sometimes, you’ll have to go it alone, of course. But often, this isn’t necessary. 6. Learn to attend to positive signals and to discount negative ones. 7. Find role models of quietly courageous people. Thanks for being a part of this. Stay inspired, this is just the beginning. Note: Reach out. I would love to converse with my readers and read your courage filled stories. Thank you.

Published by Anulika Chioma