When we think of courage we tend to think of things like a superhero saving the day or a movie star doing something amazing. These make us dream big and want to be just like them.
Those can be examples of physical courage. Physical courage is defined as “courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death.” This is an excellent trait for all of us to work on and we all can make improvements with ourselves, but another type of courage that we need to look at is moral courage. Moral courage is “to take action for ethical reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences.” This is something that we all can and must improve on. Our moral courage is constantly challenged, but we need to hold on to what is right.
Some famous quotes come to mind that we can use as a compass for what we should do: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” and “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
We live with moral courage when we stand up for those that are being victims of bullying or when we choose to not drink alcohol or use drugs even though others around us are. We live with moral courage when we do what is right even when we feel the pressure from our peers. Peer pressure can keep us from becoming the great people that we are and it can keep us from building up others that need our love and support.
With each new day we need to start by saying to ourselves that we are going to live with moral courage. We must build up others and we must be the example of how to treat others. If we choose to bring others down and treat them poorly then we are not using moral courage. We then are the problem.
At some point in our lives someone is going to be looking up at us and wanting to be just like us. Who do we want them to be? I challenge you to find your “life mirror” and look at the person you are being, as I look at mine.
Are we living with moral courage? Are you holding on to what is right and not giving in to what is wrong? Are you building up others even during the times that no one is building you up? Those are tough questions for me to answer and too many times I don’t like the true answer about myself. Those are the times that I can change who I am and what I am doing.
Remember to take the time and give the effort to live each day with moral courage so we all can be remembered for what it is that we did right.
“There are no easy answers’ but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” Ronald Reagan.
Master Police Officer Aaron Ide joined the Lees Summit Police Department in 2001. He currently serves as the Departments Training Coordinator and is assigned to the Administration Division. Officer Ide is a member of the Departments Honor Guard Unit and serves on the Character Committee.