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Courage was never designed for show;
It isn’t a thing that can come and go;
It’s written in victory and defeat
And every trial a man may meet.
It’s part of his hours, his days and his years,
Back of his smiles and behind his tears.
Courage is more than a daring deed:
It’s the breath of life and a strong man’s creed.
Guest says that courage is not a characteristic that was just designed so that one can show off to people. It does not mean that when one does something courageous, one has to boast about it. Courage has to be normalised, irrespective of how things turn out to be. Like he had mentioned earlier, courage does not come and go, acting like a lamp that can be switched on and off. Courage stays throughout and does not expect people's recognition or praise.
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Courage stays throughout one's life
Most people confuse courage with success. They assume that a successful person might have reached that position only by exhibiting courage at the right time. Although this is true, it does not apply to all scenarios. Courage is not just about winning, but it also applies to defeat. It is staying calm and accepting the fact that losing is part of the game. When one handles the stress during defeated moments, one exhibits more courage compared to the amount of courage it took to win something. Every challenge that is posed to a man requires courage to tackle it.
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Courage also means accepting that losing is part of the game
It is etched in his life forever, all through the days and nights of his life. Every hour, minute and seconds is accompanied by courage, the courage to live his life. Courage not only follows through a person's life when he is happy and smiling; it also gives the company through the sorrow and tears. People mistake courage as the factor behind only success and joy and not through tears. Courage is not just a daring deed, such as skydiving or launching spaceships; it can also be when someone takes up an exam in spite of not learning well. Courage can be present even in the most trivial things. It is like the breath of life that stays with a person throughout his life. It is the belief that a man has upon his own actions that make him strong.
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Courage can be present in trivial things
Words with difficult meaning:
DesignedTo plan or develop for a particular purpose
VictoryWinning or attaining success
TrialA process where one is tested
DaringAn act of bravery
CreedA set of principles that influences someone's life
TrivialNot very important
EtchedTo stay clearly fixed
BoastTo talk high of oneself
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-7. Courage - Edgar Albert Guest (pp. 121-124). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.