Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and
Nelson Mandela are all examples
of the courage it takes to do nothing
A phrase I really like is about not confusing kindness with weakness. Just because someone is nice and pleasant instead of harsh and aggressive does not make them weak. In fact I believe there is tremendous value in the power of knowing when to do nothing. Turn the other cheek is a good example. If someone is aggressive and attacking you, it seems only natural to want to defend yourself and do damage in return, to make the offender pay. Have the courage to stand up and fight back! I agree with standing up for what you believe in, however I don’t always agree with the methods people use. It takes a strong person, a true good guy hero to walk way.
Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela are all examples of the courage it takes to do nothing. Gee doesn’t that sound funny? These courageous men did nothing and ended up making history. They didn’t return the anger they were confronted with. They didn’t seek revenge. They were firm and did not engage. They were kind but never ever weak. This is one of those big awareness moments because sometimes one of the most courageous acts you could ever do is have the strength to do nothing.
If that insight has you motivated to go out and do nothing let me attach a little notice. Doing nothing can be a weakness or a strength. It is not courageous to avoid difficult choices, run away from your problems, or bury your head in the sand. Making no decision is not the same thing as deciding to do nothing. If you choose to avoid something that means you are giving the opportunity permission to pass, or hoping the problem will go way. Not making a decision leads to inaction and that is a poor choice. It’s the decisions behind the action that determine the impact of doing nothing.
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