Did you know that the word courage is derived from the French word, ceour? I found out from Angeles Arrien’s book, The Four-Fold Way that courage, etymologically means “the ability to stand by one’s own heart or stand by one’s core.”
I’ve been understudying the role of Observer quite a bit lately. The regular gal being on a secret mission on an unnamed island in the South Pacific (but that’s another story).
What I’ve observed is that it’s quite common (almost pedestrian) for us humans to be lacking in courage. And yes, I do mean that we as a species seem to be quite unwilling and unskilled at this “standing by one’s own heart” thing. I mean, it took me 37 years to begin to nibble at what my core even was!