It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another Wednesday Word, a linkup hosted by Debbie. This week’s word is fortitude.
Merriam-Webster has this to say about fortitude: mental strength and courage that allows someone to face danger, pain, etc. So to have fortitude you have to be mentally strong as you encounter hardship, or some other type of adversity, while being unafraid. Personally, I think patience and fortitude kind of go hand in hand. How can you face something without a little diligence. A bit of stubbornness helps, too.
It’s ironic that this week’s word is fortitude, because I’m having the kind of week that requires a lot of it. I don’t usually talk about work on my blog, but yesterday I spent nearly 8 hours total driving round trip for a two hour meeting. Today is going to be a long, 12+ hour work day that will also be mentally tough. After all that I will be headed up to the DC area tomorrow night and then over to West “by God” Virginia Friday for the Ragnar Trail Relay.
I’m really excited about Ragnar, after having a blast at the DC Ragnar Relay last fall. However, it also means that once again I’m having to face my fear of the dark – this time while running through the woods. I will definitely need to find some inner strength, some fortitude, to push through!
What does ‘having fortitude’ mean to you?