Sunday, June 17, 2007

have courage



In Latin, the word cor is the root for the word coraticum which means heart. This is the known etymology for the word courage, which is also translated as with heart. The root cor is also seen in the Old French corage, and later found its way into the English word courage.

I often use the expression 'have courage.' For me, having courage means to take life head on- with passion, lust, vigor and bravery. The irony is that when I need to live life such vitality, I tend to be stumbling or in need of support in some way. It is in these moments, when I am reminded of the origin of the word courage. I return to the idea of living 'with heart' and I am renewed. The notion that courage is synonymous with heart reinforces the fact that courage comes from an inner strength that I carry with me all the time.

Are you able to 'have courage' when you are going through a hard time? Can you look within your own heart and see the courage there? Even if you don't think so, it's there- believe me, it's there.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have a bigger heart than anyone I have ever known and it is your strength and courage that drives and allows you to touch the lives of anyone and everyone you have ever come in contact with (especially me). -your awestruck sister

Natalia said...

I thought I was courageous because I moved out on my own, followed my heart, persevered in school, got what I wanted in my career...

But now, I have two family members with cancer and I am finding out about a whole new realm of courage.

-N

megg said...

I had no idea about the beginnings of those words - but I love that idea of living with heart - lovely!!

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