These are unprecedented times in which we are living. These are the days of feeling overwhelmed, depressed, unmotivated, anxious, or even sick. Some days it is hard to find positive things to focus on much less feel like getting out of bed.
Now, granted, many of us are still working. Some have continued at their away-from-home work location while others have been sent home to work remotely. There is another group that was already working from home so the shift of the workforce in our current time has been minimal.
Having a job to do, including taking care of a family, can help keep us going, even when we don’t feel like it. How many times have you done something you didn’t “feel” like doing? If you are like me, the answer is many times. We do many tasks out of necessity that are unpleasant. Things like cleaning toilets, asking for forgiveness, cleaning out a barn stall or planning the funeral of a loved one. All unpleasant tasks, to say the least, but necessary at times.
What is it that we utilize to be able to do those tasks? What are we drawing on to get out of bed when it would be much easier to stay there under the covers?
Fortitude is defined as the strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage. Strength is defined as the quality or state of being strong; the capacity for exertion or endurance. Strong is defined as having or marked by great physical power; having moral or intellectual power. Courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
When we are faced with an unpleasant or daunting task it is fortitude and strength of character that enables us to push through. It is having the courage to take action despite feeling afraid, sad, hopeless or unmotivated.
QUOTES ABOUT COURAGE
Ernest Hemingway said, “Courage is grace under pressure.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela
Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
My challenge to you, in these uncertain times, is to dig deep. When you look deep enough you will find the strength, fortitude, and courage to take action in spite of how you feel at the time. No one knows how long we will be in this situation. One of the ways we can curb anxiety is to live our lives as normally as possible. So keep exercising, keep showering, keep getting dressed, keep making your bed. Just remember, you can’t make your bed until you get out of it!
6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
~Philippians 4:6-7 NIV