Courage | Bravery | Strength

Courage | Bravery | Strength

 

Bravery

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
— Winston S. Churchill

Bravery involves acting on conviction even if unpopular, not shrinking from fear, and speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition. Bravery has been called corrective because, in some ways, it is used to counteract difficulties everyone faces. We typically think of bravery as physical, such as the bravery demonstrated by soldiers on a battlefield. Bravery is also psychological, such as when we face our problems in a direct way, when we admit our vulnerabilities, and when we seek help.

Bravery is moral when we stand up for those who are less fortunate or cannot defend themselves or when we speak up in a group advocating for the rights of others. Bravery is not equivalent to fearlessness because fear is certainly experienced. Rather, bravery is the ability to do what needs to be done in spite of fear.

This strength is evident when choosing to do the unpopular but correct thing, or facing a terminal illness with equanimity, or resisting peer pressure regarding a morally questionable shortcut. As a signature strength, bravery emerges regularly, not only in exceptional circumstances.