Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Meaning of this Quote
All of us get afraid of something or the other. We do have our fears within us and that’s something very natural. We cannot escape fear and there’s no second way to it. However, it is important to realize that fear would engulf us and courage will lead us to the path of success.
Courage, here, does not mean the absence of fear. It simply means that there should be a notion within us that will be even greater than the fear. We cannot call a person who isn’t afraid of anything as a courageous individual.
However, a person who has fear about certain things but is still focused and determined to do it and achieve the goal is actually “courageous” in the real sense. It is the ability of a person to understand that something is greater than fear.
Fear is a very subjective term. All of us are afraid at times, frightened at certain situations and get scared due to several reasons. It is absolutely obvious and that’s okay! There is absolutely no escape to it. At the same time, it is essential to realize that one who fears will gradually lose the ability to achieve.
A person should have a brave soul to fight all odds and encounter a hardship with all his guts, and that’s called ‘courage’. One needs to understand that there is something greater than fear itself.
Assessing the fear is crucial at the same time. One must have the provision to understand the reason of his or her fear and thus, assess it wisely. He or she should have the calibre of facing all sorts of situations, no matter how tough it is!
Fear won’t go away in a day. A person needs to be consistent in his or her approach. Remember the first day you went on the stage to recite? Remember the way your hands and legs were trembling and you were fumbling?
However, as you grew older and started participating in all such activities, you gradually started gaining the confidence on yourself and that’s how it works! Your courage drove away all your fear.