This post is copied from an answer I wrote on Quora, where more of my written work lives.
My hope is that by clarifying what courage is, this can help others who do not currently have access to my other work.
Courage, as I’ve understood and experienced it, is having the ability to love more than fear. There’s a saying in Europe, called Whistling down the wind.
It means that a person uses what they have, their breath, to call on something, the wind, that is greater than they are.
Regardless of whether you see this Greater Presence, as the Universe, God or the Human will to live, I’ve found it important to connect with this larger Force.
So, courage is not fear. It is the love that stays with you and works through you, to overcome the fear.