The Twelve Days of Christmas and the Twelve Holy Nights is a time when we slow down and listen to our deep inner selves, and what the Divine Creator and spiritual world is presenting to us as we silence and still ourselves enough to listen. It is this time of year, that if we are open, we can see the year that is coming and wonder at some of the things of virtue of humanity in the world.
I was meditating today on the virtue of courage. In the Christian calendar, we see this virtue in the life story of St. Stephen, the first martyr of the church. This is also a traditional virtue for many who meditate during the twelve Holy Nights.
Courage encompasses so many things – courage helps us forgive the unforgiveable. Courage helps us to be honest in tough situations. Courage helps us to stick to our values and morals even when it is not popular. Courage helps us try things we are unsure of which is a way to grow and change. Courage helps us chart a new path and direction. Courage doesn’t promise safety, but the ability to move forward in strength even under the worst of circumstances.
Parenting takes courage. Boundaries are very important in parenting, and it takes courage to set a boundary and help children achieve a healthy balance between form and freedom.
I would love to hear your thoughts about courage and the role it plays in your life. How do you see courage within yourself for the upcoming year?