I remember watching the Wizard of Oz as a kid. I was fascinated with the many different characters and the yellow brick road – the journey to Oz. No one can forget what each character was in search of. What Dorothy was looking for made perfect sense to me, she simply wanted to go home. Who wouldn’t want to get home? I can relate with her on most days!
What the others wanted was a little harder for me to grasp at such a young age. Didn’t everyone have a heart and a brain? As a six-year-old, courage was the one that seemed a little different. I simply thought of it as being something you needed every now and then for the big things you might face.
As I grew older I found those same things the characters sought are still things that many of us seek today.
Many of us chase our roots, instead of home, trying to find where we really came from and how we belong. Everyone has this innate need to feel and be a part of something. If we don’t have that sense of belonging we continually search to find it.
Like the scarecrow, we know we need a brain and often seek after higher education – many of us becoming eternal students.
How many of us search diligent trying to fill the emptiness we often find in our hearts?
For many of us we hope we have courage at the exact time we need it!
Courage is not just needed for big things but is really something we need each day!
If you are struggling, it takes courage to keep going
Courage is needed to take the first step
Courage is needed to hear your own voice in the crowd
Courage is needed to take a stand
Courage is needed to think and speak for yourself
Courage is needed to stand up for yourself and not listen to lies
Courage is needed to follow your dreams….
Courage is so much more than something needed in a time of crisis, and is required for more things than I could have ever imagined as a kid.
I now also realize that courage comes with understanding. It comes with knowing who you are. There are many times in our lives we have to be intentional to be courageous.
It takes intentional courage to step our of our comfort zone. It takes intentional courage to be a catalyst for change. It is what we, as every day leaders, must be willing to pursue.