“Courage is not the absence of fear,” said by the late Franklin D. Roosevelt. The full quote is “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
We live in a world where there is something to fear everywhere. People constantly think that other people possess some magical button that rids them of fear.
The truth is courageous people carry on in the face of fear. You find the courage to escape the claws of fear and carry on. The fear is still there, but you can override it with action.
We grow up aspiring to bravery, admiring people who display it in their day to day lives. We wish to be brave ourselves, but Franklin Roosevelt’s quote brings up an interesting and common misconception in the way we think about bravery.
Does being brave mean being not afraid, as it simply appears on the surface? Franklin Roosevelt argued that it was the exact opposite.
Bravery is not having any fear, but rather having fear and choosing to overcome it for something that one considers greater. After all, how can you overcome fear if you don’t have it in the first place?
Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to act in spite of it…
Franklin Roosevelt himself greatly embodied these ideals, making massive and wholesale changes.
He made these changes while he was in his notably long term as the 32nd Commander in Chief of the United States. Franklin showed his bravery in the face of one of the greatest fears we’ve experienced as a species, World War II.
Even while Europe was in turmoil and the threat of war grew day by day, Franklin established his New Deal.
He changed the face of American policy for nearly a century now. On top of that, in the face of all of this fear, Roosevelt made the almost unthinkable decision to engage in one of the most massive military undertakings in human history.
That, my friends, is bravery. In the face of true fear, genocide, and widespread panic, Roosevelt showed resolve and strength. He decided that something was more important than being afraid.
Even after getting polio and becoming paralyzed as a result, Roosevelt still was a great man and did not let fear bring him down.
You can ask yourself if fear is holding you back from doing what you love. If the answer is yes, there are many great items that can help you overcome fear. You can buy books that will help you relax or achieve dreams.
There is also equipment that will help you relieve stress, keep your heart healthy. The stronger your body and mind are, the easier it is to overcome your emotions. Your life is your own. You have to work hard for what you want. There is no need to allow fear to take over your mind.
The more you know, the more you have the words to talk fear away. An action is one of the best options for getting things done and leaving fear behind. Take comfort in the fact that everyone feels fear, it is how you mask it that develops you as a person.