Namaste Mindful Matters Friends!
Today brings a whir in our household as we prepare Jeremiah for Science Camp this week. For the first time in our life together, we will be apart and not able to speak. Truthfully, this is harder on me than him. But a great opportunity for me to practice giving my little bird more sky and myself more … independence??!! Well, there will be at least a bit more fortitude in practice for both of us. As promised, this Mindful Monday we are looking at the sustaining virtue of Fortitude. Our page on the website for Fortitude is here. Our definition reads:
Strength of mind, conviction & noble courage. To face pain or fear bravely.
We also have a list of synonyms: pluck, grit, guts, gumption, moxie, perseverance, bravery
Fortitude was once a sought after virtue especially in a warrior or a knight. Now, it is a little used word but a much needed virtue none-the-less. It is a staying power that combines strength, courage & the willingness or gumption to keep going. Now that’s a great virtue to instill in our children, families & communities!
Fortitude was spoken of long ago by Plato: Perfect wisdom has four parts, viz., wisdom, the principle of doing things aright; justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private; fortitude, the principle of not flying danger, but meeting it; and temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately. The Bhagavad Gita spoke of the virtue as well: The Supreme Lord said: Fearlessness, purity of heart, perseverance in the yoga of knowledge, charity, sense restraint, sacrifice, study of the scriptures, austerity, honesty; Nonviolence, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, equanimity, abstaining from malicious talk, compassion for all creatures, freedom from greed, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness; Splendor, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, absence of malice, and absence of pride; these are the qualities of those endowed with divine virtues, O Arjuna. And in more recent times, the Muppet Miss Piggy related fortitude in a discussion of beauty: Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
I have been reaching down deep this month to fortify my own stores of fortitude especially in relationship to continuing the work/play of New Thought Families & my life’s work of Laurie’s Stories. In continuing to hear a call and step up to the nurturing & maintenance of both, I find fortitude an essential ingredient. Jeremiah reports using fortitude as a soccer goalie and in the loooooooooong process of our house (eventually) foreclosing last year. He says it’s something he can call on daily ~ and I hope he will throughout his life!
There are many reasons we lose our way with fortitude and our feel for zeal; we’ll speak to those next week as we look at the special relationship held between Fortitude & Zeal. We are speaking to both daily in our Play & Pray Zealous Yes Calendar ~ Play & Pray with us! Our pictures this month come from Fab Photographer Michel Kotski of Third Eye Photo Creations. Thanks Michel!
Here’s one of Michel’s photos from our Calendar: May you be fortified with all good virtues this week ~ thanks for being here!