What is Courage? Many of us would answer, “Fearless”.
But the correct answer would be “Ability to take action even if you have fear”.
We all need the courage to start things we pursue. When we start if we think about the end result, we go into the fear zone. But courage will help us to overcome fear and allows us to attempt things that we are scared of before.
Being courageous in our life gives us the power to chase our dreams and increase our belief in our abilities despite surroundings of fear.
We have 3 inspiring stories about courage for you to become fearless in life.
#1. Short Stories about Courage – Get out of the Crowd and Reach new Heights
John and his friends used to go mountain climbing once every year. This time they have decided to climb mountains in the Swiss Alps.
They reached the famous mountain spot in the Swiss Alps and were surprised to see already many people were climbing the mountains.
John and his friends started wearing all the mountain climbing gear and started climbing. In no time they reached the top of the hill.
After reaching there, friends thought let’s camp here for some time and then go back.
Then John saw another mountain where only a handful of people were trying to climb it.
He told his friends, “Let’s go and climb that mountain also. It will be fun and challenging, instead of camping here!
A friend replied, “No way, I have heard people talking about that mountain. It seems the path is very difficult to climb and only a few people can able to climb”.
People who were hearing the conversation made fun of John and said, “If it was easy to climb, why we would be sitting idle here”.
Hearing them, John took that as a challenge and went alone towards climbing the peak.
And two hours later he reached the top of the hill. People who were already there welcomed John with a round of applause.
John was very happy to reach there and he could see the beautiful views of nature.
He then started discussing with people and asked them, “While climbing this peak, it was not so difficult. Then why there are a lot of people on the below peak and only a handful of people here? If people could reach that peak, they can reach here also if they put in some effort!
A veteran climber smiled and said, “Most people in the crowd right there, are happy with what they find easy. They never think that they have the potential to achieve more.
Even people who are not happy there, don’t want to take any risk. They think that, if they take risks they will lose what they already have.
The reality is, to reach a new peak, you just need effort. Many of them do not show any courage and they remain part of the crowd the whole life. They also keep complaining about the handful of courageous people and call them lucky!
After hearing this, John thanked the veteran for explaining the importance of courage in our life.
Moral of the story:
In our life, many of us just satisfy ourselves and stay in our comfort zone. But to achieve something big, we need effort and courage.
Never stop yourself, have the courage to push yourself out of the crowd. Focus on moving to the handful of people, whom the people called “Courageous People”.
#2. Short Stories about Courage – Father to the Rescue
One late evening, Azhar was getting ready for the jog in the park. He asked his wife, “Where is our daughter?”
She replied, “She went to her friend’s place.”
Azhar told, “Okay, call her to come home early. I am going jogging now”.
He started jogging in the park. Suddenly he heard screaming from the bushes. He stopped and listened to the screaming. It was a girl’s voice and he also heard a man’s voice. It looks like the girl was attacked. He continuously heard the sounds of fighting and muttering.
Azhar was hesitant to get involved and worried about his own safety. He was thinking about calling the police.
As he was waiting and thinking about his own safety. He could feel, the woman’s voice getting weaker. He realized that he need to act quickly to save the girl.
Azhar took courage and started running towards the bushes. As he was running, he could feel some kind of transformation in his body.
He jumped over the bushes and pulled the man off from the girl. He started punching the face of the attacker. The man could not able to bear the punches of Azhar. He pushed Azhar onto the ground and ran away.
Immediately Azhar stood up and went near the girl who was hiding behind the bushes. Since it was late in the evening, he could not see the girl’s face clearly. He can hear only the shivering of the girl.
He then said,” Don’t worry, the man had run away. You are safe now, come out.”
Then she immediately came out running towards him and started crying, “Dad!
It was Azhar’s daughter.
Moral of the story:
In our life, there will be difficult situations where we have to act to improve the situation. But if we don’t show any courage and left it as it is, the consequences can be hard.
So, have the courage to fight for it, whatever the situations you may be in.
#3. Short Stories about Courage – Master and the Coward Student
Once there was a man in a village. He was called by villagers a “Coward” because he always lacks the courage to do even the simplest of things.
The man then decided to change himself. So, he visited a spiritual master in his village to teach him about courage and bravery.
The Master said, “I am ready to teach you but on one condition. You need to go and live in a big city for one month.
And during the stay, tell every person you meet there, “You are a coward”. When you tell, you have to say it loudly, openly, and looking straight into the person’s eyes.
After that come back here”.
The man returned home and was thinking about the task, master has given him. He was scared to do the task. He kept on thinking about it for some days. Then he decided to travel to the city, instead of living his entire life as a Coward, which is unbearable.
In the initial days in the city, he could not able to talk to anyone. Whenever he tried to talk, he was not able to see the person’s face or he will lose his speech. He felt like, he is going to die out of fear.
As the days passed, he pushed himself to finish the Master’s task. He started telling people that he is a coward. As every passing day, his voice sounded louder, his eye contact with the person improved and his body was responding without any shivering.
One day, came a moment, the man felt he is not scared anymore to talk to anyone. He continued doing master’s task till the time of one month, set by the master.
The man returned to his village and went to the master and said “Master, I finished the task. Now I do not have fear and I feel I can do any task with courage.
But I have one question, what made you think that this task will help me to overcome cowardice?
Master replied, “You see cowardice is a habit. If you want to come out of this habit, you have to do things that scare you. That’s what you did and as a result, you have replaced cowardice with the habit of courage.
So, similarly, if you have any bad habit that you want to change. Simply replace them with a good habit!”
Moral of the story:
To overcome cowardice and fear, we should move out of our comfort zone and face it upfront. To get rid of any bad habits we should replace them with a good habits.
And any change may not happen immediately, take your time and work on it.
Once you have courage, you can accomplish anything in life.
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