Courage: From Latin, cor, which means heart. The quality of being brave; valor. (Taken from Websters New World Dictionary and Thesaurus, Second Edition)
On Saturday morning, my first thought when I got out of bed was of Paul still not having a job. I fixed a cup of coffee and spent quiet time breathing and writing. Though I felt fearful due to our circumstances, I also felt the push within to get dressed and get on with my day.
I sat at my desk and turned to my daily prompt which was, “What can you celebrate today?” I did not have to wait for a response. Probably due to the situation I find myself in, I immediately wrote down, ” I celebrate the courage of the human spirit to survive.
Somehow when the going gets rough Iam able to dig deep and come up with whatever it takes to get through one more day.That one day may be filled with love and excitement, trauma, joy, sadness, loss, frustration, failure or success, and many more events and feelings.
No matter what the day brings, most of us have the will to survive. We can lose jobs, loved ones, health and belongings and still muddle through to the other side. Some fold and give up but the majority pull themselves up by their bootstraps if necessary and find a way to keep going. Perhaps this is a good example of the courage of the human spirit.
As I look back at my life, no matter what situation I have been in I’ve somehow been able to tap into the river of life flowing within me. It’s always been there to sustain me and help me get through whatever is going on. I have not always been able to make sense of what or why life is as it is, but no matter, I’ve continued to put one foot in front of the other and make it through.
Humans carry within a great capacity to endure and to heal. Our bodies are limited but the human spirit is limitless. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger is a popular saying and it may be true. If we learn the lessons, if we stay awake and aware to what’s being worked within us during the dark times, we will grow and be more compassionate beings. I’m in awe of the indomitable strength we possess in our inner being.
I question what it is in the human spirit that keeps us going, and realize it may not be the same for all. I believe for some it’s fath in something they can’t see, yet they believe is there. They trust in a god who will look after them and not let them down. I’ve heard many over the years profess loudly how god has taken care of them. They say their faith has sustained them and brought them through the tougher times in life, and I believe them.
For some it’s hope. They hope things will change and life will get better. They expect and want a different and a better outcome and many get what they hope for.
What about those without faith or hope? What keeps them going? I do know people who do not believe in a god and who at times feel hopeless, yet they have the courage to continue in life.
I believe something we all have is the will of the human spirit to live and survive. It is that unexplainable something–similar to that which keeps the physical body functioning and moving without our giving it any thought.
What keeps me going is a combination of all the above. I do have faith in something larger than myself. I call it universal energy, goddess mother, creator energy, great spirit, higher self, and spirit. The name and energy I assign to it doesn’t really matter. What makes my faith powerful is my belief in this huge benevolent, mystical, divine sweep of mysterious energy.
I also have hope and a strong will to continue to unfold into the fullness of who I came to be. My hope isn’t in a change of circumstances as much as it is in my strong desire to accept life as it is without fighting it. I will to continue to let my spirit triumph over the ups and downs of everyday life.
How about you? What keeps you going when life gets rough? What do you think pushes humans to keep going in the face of what seems to be insurmountable odds? What trait or characteristic of the human spirit keeps us keeping on? I look forward to your thoughts.
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