A lot of things in this life require courage. Without courage, we stay in our comfort zone and miss opportunities, and we live in a state of pain or grief much longer than we need to live there. With courage, we can accomplish great things and create a life that is worth living. If you need some courage right now, then I hope one of the following motivational and inspiring stories about finding courage will inspire you to gather it and find the strength to do what needs to be done.
1. A Story About Finding Courage To Deal With The Upcoming Death Of A Loved One
Carlie’s mom was going to die, it was just a matter of when. She had stage 4 cancer and was given a life expectancy of under 12 months. Carlie was living in denial and terrified to admit that truth to herself.
Carlie spent the first month after her mother’s suggested life expectancy avoiding her mother. She didn’t want to deal with the grief that was welling up inside of her. By avoiding her mother she could focus on other things that didn’t make her feel bad.
One day her mother showed up on Carlie’s doorstep unexpectedly. She had a scrapbook in her arms and said she wanted Carlie to take a look at it. Carlie and her mother sat down at the kitchen table and her mother opened up the scrapbook and went through it page by page with Carlie.
At the end, Carlie knew that she would no longer hide from the upcoming death. She also knew she wouldn’t focus on it either. The scrapbook, full of loving and happy moments between Carlie and her mother, had reminded her that her mother’s life was more important than her death and that Carlie wanted to soak up every moment that she had left with her mother.
She started her own scrapbook that same day focused solely on the journey her and her mother were taking together. Every week she filled it up with memories of what they did. Laughter, fun, love, and adventure were the main themes of the scrapbook.
The experiences she shared with her mother, along with the reminder of those experiences as she scrapbooked them, gave Carlie the courage to spend time with her mother, even when she wasn’t doing well. She cherished the life, not the death, and in the end, she learned that was really mattered the most.
Carlie says that this story is focused on one of the biggest lessons of her life. Moreover, it is one of few motivational and inspiring stories she shares with everyone she meets.
2. A Story About Finding The Courage To Leave An Abusive Spouse
Brittany’s husband was good to her for the first few months of marriage. She got pregnant, they were happy, and everything seemed perfect. Then she found out he was cheating on her.
She confronted him and yelled and screamed and slammed doors. She knew she was overreacting, but she couldn’t believe that he would cheat on her. He didn’t say anything to her. He just walked out the door and didn’t come back for a week. He didn’t answer her calls. He gave her the silent treatment for the entire week and she nearly lost her mind.
Her friend told her that this kind of treatment was emotionally abusive and she needed to make sure she let her husband know that it was not okay to treat her like this. Instead, when her husband came back, she decided to let it go in fear that he would leave again. He never brought up that cheating incident and she was too scared to.
Then a few months later she found out he was still cheating on her and she flipped out again, expect this time he didn’t just leave. He grabbed her by the throat and told her that SHE had pushed him toward cheating because she was so crazy. Then he pushed her into the wall, walked out the door, and didn’t come back for two weeks. Again, he gave her the silent treatment.
When he came back, she had nearly lost her mind. Wondering where he had been, and assuming it was with the woman he cheated with, had left her feeling hopeless and unwanted. She felt weak and powerless, and she knew that if she pushed her husband again he would run back to the arms of his mistress, so she decided once again to let it go.
After she had their baby, her husband became angrier. He didn’t like the baby crying. He didn’t like the fact that his wife couldn’t always keep the house clean and have supper on the table for him. And he didn’t like the attention she was showing to her baby over him.
One night, as she got up to check on her crying baby, he told her to get back into bed. She told him that she needed to check in on the baby first, and started to walk towards the door. He jumped out of bed, grabbed by the hair, and threw her back into bed. He screamed, “I told you to get back to bed!” She instantly jumped back out of bed and tried to run towards the door. He grabbed her by the hair again and punched her in the side of the face and threw her back on the bed. The pain she felt was immense and she stayed in bed after that feeling both physical pain and emotional pain as she listened to her baby cry.
Five years later, she had two more kids and her husband had grown more emotionally and physically abusive. She felt trapped, not just by his abuse, but because he paid the bills and she believed that she couldn’t survive with three kids on her own. She just couldn’t find the courage to do what she needed to do.
Then, one day he spanked their oldest kid so hard that he couldn’t sit down without bawling in pain. That was when she found the courage to look into how to leave her abusive husband. Unfortunately, it took the abuse of her child to give her the courage that she needed.
Within a week, she had left her husband and found herself a safe place to start getting on her feet. It wasn’t easy with three kids, but it was much easier than being in an abusive relationship with her husband.
Her husband did try to find her, but, eventually, he gave up on her and the kids and found himself a new woman to abuse. Brittany moved on and found herself a loving and caring man and now spends her days in a relationship that supports her, not drags her down. But, she says that she wishes she had found the courage to leave him earlier because she and her children didn’t deserve to live like that.
If you need to find the courage to leave an abusive spouse, remember Brittany’s words and find other motivational and inspiring stories that help you to realize that nobody deserves to live in a state of fear and unhappiness. Love doesn’t hurt like that. Having the courage to leave an abusive relationship means giving yourself a gift of a better, happier, and more loving life. And, if you take the proper precautions and plan things out, everything will work out when you are on your own no matter how scary or unlikely it seems.
3. A Story About Finding The Courage To Quit A Job
John hated his job. It made him miserable just to think about going into work. But, he did, day after day, because his job was easy and gave him a steady paycheck and it was comfortable to him. The thought of going out and finding a new job scared the heck out of him because he had been doing the same thing for over ten years, even though he had been miserable for all of those ten years.
His misery towards his job was starting to affect the rest of his life. Mostly his relationship with his wife and his health. He would come home and take his frustration out on his wife, which led to fights and loss of quality time needed to keep their relationship strong. As they grew apart, and he felt unloved and unsupported, and his health started to suffer. He was always sick with a cold and felt like all of his energy had been sucked out of him. He started to take more and more sick days because he simply couldn’t muster up the energy to work.
One day, he went to work and his boss called him into her office. She said, “John, we are going to have to let you go. Your co-workers have caught you sleeping on the job, and your quality of work is just not up to par.”
John left the office dumbfounded. He went home and slept the next two days straight so he didn’t have to deal with the fact that he had lost his job.
Then, one day, he woke up to his wife sitting beside him. She said, “John, losing your job was the best thing that could have happened to you. You hated that job. You would have never left on your own. The universe has given you a gift to find something better and be happier in life. Take it.”
John thought about her words for the rest of the day, and he found that he started to get excited about life again. He realized that she was right. He now had a blank canvas in front of him to work with and could do anything he wanted.
John had always been passionate about music and he eventually created his own business where he gives guitar lessons. He has plans of expanding his business, but for now, he’s working at a retail job that he enjoys as he works on his business plan. He’s never been happier and he has one piece of advice for anyone trying to find the courage to quit their job: Do it!
You don’t need to wait to get fired to leave a job that makes you miserable. There are plenty of motivational and inspiring stories out there of people who quit or got fired from their job and still lived a happy life (usually happier).
You can choose to go after your dreams, find a job that you enjoy, and create your own future. There are so many different paths you can take in life and you get to choose which path is right for you. You never have to be stuck. If you are willing to get out of bed and put in the effort towards creating a career that aligns with who you are, then it will happen.
4. A Story About Finding The Courage To Live
Rob didn’t want to live anymore. His girlfriend had left him, he lost his job, his parents had died, and he felt a hopelessness that made living feel unbearable. He wanted to commit suicide, but he wasn’t able to muster up the strength to do it just yet.
He went onto a forum focused on free counseling, and asked the members ‘Why can’t I kill myself?’ and the number one answer was focused on the fact that he must have hope somewhere inside of him that was keeping him around. They suggested that he just needed to figure out what that hope was and then build on it to make it so strong that he stopped focusing on ending his life and started focusing on building a life worth living.
Rob thought about it and couldn’t figure it out. He felt utterly hopeless as he cried himself to sleep that night.
The next day he went back onto the forum and left a message saying that they were wrong, he didn’t have any hope inside of him. One of the members replied, “You are too focused on your grief to find the hope. Before you go to bed, try asking to find your hope in a dream. In your dream life, your conscious mind, which is focused on hopelessness, won’t get in the way. You should find your answers if you ask for them!”
As Rob when to sleep that night, he decided to try it out. He asked God to help him see where this hope was that was keeping him alive. And, that same night, he had a life-changing dream.
In the dream, Rob was standing on a sidewalk and someone was walking towards him. The stranger was glowing a white, soothing color and he put something inside of Rob’s hands. Rob looked at his hands and noticed that the stranger had given him a piece of paper with some writing on it. The writing was fuzzy at first, but then it cleared up and he saw the words ‘Life is an adventure’. He looked up from the paper as the stranger started walking away and he yelled, ‘I love you!’ as he felt an overwhelming sensation of love towards this stranger. The stranger turned and smiled and said, ‘I love you too, Rob,’ and then disappeared into thin air.
Rob woke up and felt a renewed sense of hope. The dream he had was so intense and real that the emotion of love was vibrating through his entire body. Hopelessness had disappeared and Rob suddenly realized what hope he was holding onto. He was holding onto the hope that this life was just an adventure full of both negative and positive experiences. He realized while there were bad experiences, there could also be positive experiences in his future, and he suddenly felt an overwhelming hope that there would be.
Rob found the reason he hadn’t killed himself. He found that piece of hope he was holding onto. And that hope gave him the courage to go forward and see what was to come.
He started looking for a new job. He stopped focusing on the loss of his girlfriend and opened himself up to the idea of finding a new girlfriend to love. And, he looked back fondly on the moments he had with his parents, knowing that they were an important part of this adventure he was taking on.
5. A Story About Finding The Courage To Say I Love You
David wanted to tell his girlfriend that he loved her. He couldn’t find the courage to do it, though. They had been together for over a year, but he was unable to say those three little words. She had said them plenty of times, and she didn’t seem to mind that he wasn’t able to say them. After all, he did show her love in many different ways. But, still, he knew that telling her he loved her was important.
He grew up in a family that didn’t say the word ‘love’. He couldn’t remember one time his mother or father said ‘I love you’ to him. It wasn’t that they didn’t show their love to him, they just didn’t say those words, which is why the thought of saying them felt so weird and uncomfortable.
One day he was sitting at a bus stop waiting for his bus to come, and an old man sat down beside him. Out of nowhere, the man started talking about ‘the one that got away’. David didn’t think much of it because old men and women often started one-sided conversations with him at bus stops. He understood that they were lonely and just wanted someone to talk to. But, he soon realized that this conversation was more of a much-needed pep talk than a simple story.
The old man talked about how beautiful his girl was. He talked about how special she made him feel and how she laughed at even the simplest things. He talked about how her hair sparkled in the sunlight and how she gave him purpose and meaning in life. David nodded and smiled and found himself thinking about his girlfriend and how she had given him the purpose to be a better man so that he could take care of her.
Then, the old man looked down at his feet and started crying. The pain was obvious. David felt uncomfortable but asked him what was wrong. The old man said that his girlfriend had been murdered. The old man cried some more and David finally said, “I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure it must be very painful.” The old man said, “Her dying was painful, yes. It’s painful to know that we could have lived a long and happy life together. But, what’s even more painful is that I never had the courage to tell her that I loved her.” The old man started crying uncontrollably and said, “That’s my biggest regret in life.”
The bus came around the corner and the old man wiped his tears and stood up. David stayed on the bench. He felt like he had been stabbed in the heart and was unable to move. The pain the old man had felt was vibrating through David and he knew that he needed to tell her girlfriend as soon as possible that he loved her. He didn’t want to live with the regret the old man was feeling.
Suddenly, he had more than enough courage to tell her those simple words, even though it still felt scary to him. He ran to her house and as soon as she opened up the door he said, “I love you.” She laughed, they kissed, and he never had a problem telling her or anyone else that he cared about that he loved them again. For the rest of his life, the old man’s pain of not saying what he wanted to say motivated him when he was scared to say anything hard. Needless to say, he counted it as one of the most motivational and inspirational stories of his life.
6. A Story About Finding The Courage To Do What’s Right
Despite having a large and loving family, Claire had always focused on herself. Her problems were more important than her siblings. Her successes were more important. Everything was more important! That wasn’t the way she was raised, though. Her mother had always put everyone in the family before herself and had tried to teach all of her kids to always do what was right, even if it meant sacrificing something that you want.
At the age of 34, Claire was set up to get her dream job working as a reporter at a popular news station in Los Angeles. She lived in North Carolina but had already sold her house in preparation for the move because she was so sure that she was going to get the job.
She went to visit her father before she left for her final interview. Her mother, who had always been her biggest supporter, had died a few years earlier.
As she visited her father, she told him about how nervous she was to go for the final interview. What if she screwed up? What if they didn’t like her anymore? Her nerves were working her up into a frenzy. Her father stopped her mid-sentence and said, “You will do great. Do you want to know why? Because you are a lot like your mother, and your mother did great at everything she tried.”
Claire pictured her mother, the most supportive and loving person she had ever met, and for the first time in a long time took a long hard look at herself. An awareness was awoken in her. Her mother, in her eyes, was kind, compassionate, and supportive. Was she really like her mother? She had never really thought about it before, but a resounding NO came into her mind. She didn’t even know what her father or siblings were struggling with right now because she was so focused on herself.
Suddenly she felt ashamed. She left for the airport with a lot more to think about than her job.
An hour before boarding, her sister – whose husband had recently passed away from cancer, called her to wish her luck. Still thinking about what her father had said, she listened to her sister in a way she had never listened to her before. She asked her questions about her kids and her life. She asked her how she was coping. Her sister broke down crying and admitted that she was overwhelmed and wasn’t doing very good at all. She could barely keep up the house. She was having a hard time keeping appointments and getting her kids to their activities. She had no desire to cook, clean, or do the things she used to love.
Claire ended the conversation with her sister just before boarding started. She thought about what her father had said to her. She thought about her mother and how she would not have given it a second thought to go take care of her sister in such a trying time of her life. She thought about how she had spent her whole life looking out for number one. And then she made a decision to be more like her mom and take care of what really matters in life.
She left the airport, took a taxi to her sisters, and spent the next few months living with her sister and helping her maintain her house, take care of the kids, and cope with the loss of her husband.
Claire found the courage to do what was right because of her mother and the respect she had for her. She knew that her mother would give up anything to take care of what really matters in life, her family. She remembered her mother being happy, happier than Claire had ever been, and she realized that doing what was right brought on a type of happiness that looking out for number one could never bring.
Claire never regretted her decision. She and her sister grew closer than she had ever been with a sibling. She learned a lot about herself and how much better she felt about herself as she focused on more than just her life. And, she became a better reporter because of it! She ended up getting her dream job easily later that year.
7. A Story About Finding The Courage To Face The Truth And Get Help
Rose was in a place of struggle and denial. Her kids had recently been taken away from her because she had been caught trying to drive high on heroin with them in the car.
The fact was that she had done much more than that. She had been prostituting herself to support her drug addiction, and she usually had the kids with her while she did it. She had also been putting the drug addiction before her kids, which meant that they had sometimes gone days not eating a good meal.
Yet, Rose was denying all of it. She was denying it to her friends and family, and she was denying it to herself. She told everyone that she was not using drugs and this was all a big mistake. She blamed everyone else – the people who called CPS, the police, and anyone else she could think of.
But, her story about what happened had a lot of holes and didn’t make any sense, and everyone knew that she was lying. Soon, she had not only lost her kids, but her family and friend stopped supporting her as well. They were disgusted by her lies and the life that she was living.
Rose went on for months doing heroin and prostituting herself. She didn’t fight for her kids. She didn’t even fight for herself. She just lived in a constant state of need, misery, and denial.
Then one day she was raped and beaten by a client in a motel. Housekeeping found her the next morning and called an ambulance, and she was taken to the hospital.
In the hospital, she continued to deny doing drugs and prostituting. Inside, all she wanted to do was get back out and do the very things she was so passionately denying.
In her bedside table, there was a mirror. It was supposed to fold down, but for some reason it was stuck. She told the nurse and the nurse said she would look for another table, but in the meantime, it was all they had.
Rose was forced to look at herself as she ate, read magazines on her table, and combed her hair. She had never looked at herself in the mirror as much as she had in that short hospital stay, and as she did, she realized something. The drug use was obvious. The hopelessness in her eyes was obvious.
Rose broke down crying and finally found the courage to admit the truth – her life was horrible and getting worse by the second. She admitted that she was the reason her kids were taken, not anyone else. She admitted that her choices had led her to this place, and she had no one to blame but herself.
Once she found the courage to admit those things, her life changed. She was able to admit that she needed help, and because of that she was able to get help. She was able to admit that she had been a bad mother and was to blame for what had happened, and that allowed her to work on herself and do what needed to be done to get her kids back. Her courage helped to gain the respect of her family and friends back, and suddenly she had a lot of love in her life that she desperately needed. And all it took was staring the mirror and allowing herself to see the truth behind her lies.