Exploring Courage: Learning from Heroes

June 6, 2014 marks the 70thanniversary of D-Day. That’s when Allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches to fight for freedom.  9 000 Allied soldiers died on that day.

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They enabled 100 000 fellow military to march, swim, fly, and drop into Normandy.  Thanks to their sacrifice, you and I live as comfortably as we do.





D-Day remains HUGE Deal Day.

Many of these young soldiers knew their lives were at stake.  Faced with danger, they went forward anyway.  That’s courage.

D-Day June 6, 1944 WWII Landing

June 6, 1944 WWII supplies on Normandy beaches

Would you and I and our kids call out “present” when facing challenge?

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How do we encourage courage in our homes?

“Honey, let’s talk about courage.”

“What do you want to say, Mom/Dad?” and our child puts on his listen-to-parental-lecture-face before promptly forgetting what we just said.

Try these conversation catalysts and let our discussion starters start your creative thinking flowing.

Definition Game – Learning from Heroes in YOUR Family

How do you and your family define courage?

Let each family member write out (or draw) a definition and present it to all.

You could look it up in the dictionary…you could also create your own definition based on quotes.

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Courage Definition
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Learn from Thought & Action Leaders

Download our selection of courage quotes (including some young kids can appreciate).  Let each family member choose three that they appreciate and then decide together on your final key elements.

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Our family launched into a discussion on courage and, after several back-and-forth’s, came to realize that we were not all starting from the same standpoint.   Our confusion stimulated us to agree upon a common definition.  As we pursued our exploration, we discovered increasing layers to courage:  the relationship with context, the presence of danger vs. anxiety,  the testing point…

Some of these quotes made us laugh, Winston Churchill’s in particular.  One person disagreed with him completely.

“This quote is interesting only because Winston Churchill said it.  Had it been Denise Dampierre’s words, people would think it stupid.” 

“Thank you, darling!!!” replied Denise Dampierre.
Photos “Into the Jaws of Death 23-0455M edit” by Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHoM)