Anonymous Huey Freeman tells an alternate version of history regarding the "attempted" assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
VIA Blog - Stories to inspire and resources to motivate. By universal we mean that they these strengths apply regardless of our cultural, religious, ethnic or geographic background.
I love the study, cultivation and simple appreciation of character strengths.
I have seen how cultivating them makes us happy, effective and successful. I have seen how ignoring strengths leaves us frustrated and unfulfilled.
I have seen how practicing the art of spotting them can be fun, but also and effective for teams, families and other groups looking for ways to improve understanding and communication.
See for example Family Strengths As I peruse the list available here: VIA Classificationmost of them seem to lend themselves to feeling good.
I love feeling gratitude, or enjoying a laugh or being kind. Who does not feel good when they feel love or loved? But what about bravery and courage? Typical images of bravery or courage are of the firefighter rushing into a burning building to save a child, or of a soldier fighting for our safety, or of someone battling disease.
The fact is that we ALL use most of the character strengths to a greater or lesser extent and that includes courage. Sometimes we may just not recognize it. I think my friend is brave. For example, she has taken a chance on a career change. She knew she needed the change, but she had no certainty it would be successful, no clear path for the future beyond taking the first step.
That seems pretty brave to me. As I discuss strengths, and in particular bravery with more people, I wonder if we all have a tendency to mix up being brave and courageous with being fearless?
Martin Luther King Jr. Who wants to feel pain, threat or difficulty? Who likes to face opposition? Who chooses to feel uncertain, insecure or vulnerable? Unlike the other strengths that feel good in the moment, bravery is a character strength that may be easier to appreciate in retrospect.
Maybe you got through a tough time resulting from loss or illness, and look back now and see how you have grown, or just how you kept putting one foot in front of the other despite your distress. As you appreciate your accomplishment, THAT is when you get to appreciate bravery.
If you still struggle to see your bravery, ask a friend or close family member whether they see bravery in you.
Maybe through their eyes you can come to appreciate this strength. So take a moment and look back now. Look kindly at yourself, or ask someone close to do it for you, because you were your best self in that moment.
If it was hard but you acted anyway, that was you showing bravery! If you took on the challenge not only bravely, but also honestly, determinedly and with energy and vigor, that was you displaying courage. And maybe if you just cannot recognize your bravery, that is your humility coming to the fore!
COM Share this post."Everybody can be great because everybody can serve You only need a heart full of grace." On 4 February , Martin Luther King, Jr. preached "The Drum Major Instinct" (adapted from the homily of the same name by well-known, liberal, white Methodist preacher J.
Wallace Hamilton) from the. Martin Luther King's Shattered Dream - Martin Luther King's Shattered Dream "I have a dream" is a phrase heard by more than , Americans on August 28, , and since then, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" has resonated through millions of heads and thoughts in the world.
Bravery- The Uncomfortable Strength. March 9, by VIA Contributor · In , Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman published the landmark “Character Strengths and Virtues, A Handbook and Classification”.The manual – also lovingly referred to by the authors as the “Manual of the Sanities” – identifies twenty-four universal strengths and six virtues.
Jan 15, · President Donald Trump's first stop was Trump International Golf Club, beginning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with golf rather than charitable service. We enter a new year (). I will complete my 59th cycle on the planet in a couple of months.
I've seen a bit of life over the past six decades. On April 4, , Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of his hotel in Memphis, TN. On the 50th anniversary of his passing, we honor the legacy of this powerful speaker, writer and leader of the civil rights movement — a man for whom the love of Jesus Christ was a .