Here at Lion’s Whiskers we are hoping to collect examples of physical courage. To recap, here’s how we define physical courage:
Physical courage is the one type, from the Six Types of Courage
, that most people think of first. It is the type of courage that allows us to risk discomfort, injury, pain or even death
—running into burning buildings as a firefighter, facing an enemy on the battlefield, undergoing chemotherapy, climbing a mountain, protecting a child from a dangerous animal. We are right to be wary of pain: pain tells us where our boundaries and limits are. However, sometimes there are things more important than pain, and our physical fear becomes a border to be crossed. Physical fear is often blown entirely out of proportion: pain is often greater in anticipation than in fact, and that dread can become an insurmountable barrier. Physical courage also involves recognizing that your body is how you participate in the world; keeping it healthy, strong, and resilient prepares you for all kinds of challenges, not just physical ones.
Do you think it takes more physical courage to climb a mountain or battle an illness? Do you think it takes more courage to learn to sleep in the dark, take your first steps, or try diving off a diving board for the first time? Do you notice a difference between your son and your daughter, in terms of how they define physical courage and what it looks like in their lives?
Can you remember a time that you or your child had to have physical courage? Please post your thoughts or stories here.
We would very much appreciate hearing from you!