It requires a lot of courage to stand up for what we feel, no matter what the odds are. Courage is sometimes found in the simplest of actions. It is not only about being brave enough to speak up when something around us is wrong, it is  also about working to change the situation for the better. This is a short story about Prophet Mohammed that exemplifies courage.

Once, a lady brought her son to the Prophet complaining that he ate too much sugar. She wanted him to tell her son to stop doing that. The Prophet told her to bring the child again the next week. The next week, the lady brought the child to him and he advised the child not to have too much sugar. A month later the lady came back and said to him “My child has done what you asked, but why did you not speak to him the first time I came?” “Lady”, said the Prophet, “a week earlier I, myself was eating too much sugar”.

This is a tiny yet poignant example of being true to our beliefs. When we know what is right, we all feel good when we do the correct thing, even if our complex minds may not admit it.  Living by example and according to our beliefs takes real courage. Saying ‘no’ to our harmful desires, taking the initiative when no one else is doing, being wise enough to take correct decisions, walking away when something evil lures us, not being disappointed by failures and hurdles, spreading smiles amidst hatred, are acts even more courageous than fighting a battle or jumping in the fire. As Mary Anne Radmacher had rightly said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow. ‘”

Let us be courageous in the true sense, and make the world a better place to live in.

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