There are a couple things in this life that can sidetrack and take the life right outta’ you. One of the most devastating-the opposite of courage- is discouragement.
Let’s really analyze the word.
Dis-1 : opposite or absence of 2 : not
courage- mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
ment- 1 : action : process 2 : state or condition resulting from a (specified) action
Put it all together and you have: not having the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty as a result of state or condition resulting from a specified action.
Mouthful? Yes it is because it is a serious situation. Add to that a lack of hope and this can lead to depression, of which there are two types: acute and chronic (more later).
Well, in the immortal words of Tupac Shakur, “Baby, keep your head up.” You have to keep your head up because there are so many things in this world that can test us and try to break us. You can do it. Don’t get discouraged.
Ya’ gotta have courage.
Courage will give you the ability, tenacity, and wherewithal to continue in the midst of the storm; when you don’t feel like going on; when you feel like you can’t go on. Courage allows you to reach down deep and do what needs to be done. Courage will help you deal with depression and other stuff that comes your way.
So, until your deliverance comes, baby, do keep your head up!