My EVOKE friend Amanda
came up with this little game-within-a-game, Power Evocation. The rules are simple: Select one of the EVOKE powers, explain what it means to you, and name a real-world example or two (from your life, or your hero's, or any other example you like). Tag the post "game1" and the name of the power you chose, and Amanda will come by and give you a power-up. See the original post and rules
.EVOKE Power: Courage
I am inspired by courageous people both in fiction and in real life. One of my favorite fictional heroes is the main character from C. S. Forester's Hornblower
series. Internally conflicted, he still chooses the courageous path, and then often denies that he showed courage at all. I also deeply admire the courage of people who, by their seemingly small acts, change society: the suffragettes, civil rights activists all over the globe, and others. From world leaders to everyday people, their courage has changed the world.
Courageous acts don't have to be huge, or to have such wide consequences. For many of us, it took courage to write to our chosen hero to say we had chosen them.
I try to be courageous. Not necessarily to take risks, since that's a different power altogether, but just to have enough courage to do the right thing when it's also the hard thing. To say what needs saying and do what needs doing. When I think back on the times in my life when I didn't do what was courageous, but chose instead to do what was easy or less painful or less confrontational, those have always been the darkest times. Those are the times that I am not proud of.
What do you need courage for today?