In the days following the death of Dr. Maya Angelou, a friend of mine posted a You Tube video entitled “Iconoclasts” on his Facebook page. It was an interview between Maya Angelou and comedian, Dave Chappelle. It is a 4-part interview and on this day I watched part 2. In this interview, Dr. Angelou shared many insightful thoughts; however, one statement in particular really grabbed my attention. She said courage is the most important virtue. “Without courage, we can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
After given it much thought, I agree wholeheartedly. It takes courage to stand when feeling week. It takes courage to stand after a failure. It take courage to overcome in the midst of obstacles. It takes courage to worship God when going through a storm. It takes courage to reach goals when challenges arise. It takes courage to say yes, when we want to say no. Courage is indeed the most important virtue of them all. Our strength derives from courage. Stamina is a result of courage. The decision to start a business stems from courage. A public declaration of faith is an act of courage. Public speaking is an act of courage. Making a commitment to marry and stay married is an act of courage. Courage is the most important virtue and without it, we stay stuck in neutral. There are areas in our lives in which we need courage — courage to get over heartache, courage to get over grief, courage to overcome financial challenges, courage to act on our dreams, courage to succeed and specifically for my fellow writers; we need the courage to write.
Thank you, Dr. Maya Angelou for not being afraid to be courageous as a social activist, writer, poet, actor, director and artist. Your courage help changed the world in life and the memory of your courage will impact a generation for years to come. Courage…”without courage, we can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”