Various things have happened in the last few weeks that I’d never have even dreamed of doing six months ago. Best of all, it’s become “normal”.
I’m amazed at what I’m getting up to now. There’s still room for improvement, a lot of room for improvement. But at the moment I’m happy to say I’ve definitely gained fortitude. 6 years ago
I think it’s a life long journey, but I’ve definately increase my ability to conquer adversity and stay in a circle of wellness. 7 years ago
mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously 7 years ago
Things have recently been improving on the fortitude front.
I’ve managed to chat away with perfect strangers without any real nerves at all. Nothing much seems to worry me these days. I’m still not “there” completely, but things are getting better. 7 years ago
I’ve just come home from a leaving do for one of my ex collegues (oddly enough).
There was a lass there who is one of my present collegue’s girlfriends. Not only was I witty and interesting, but she seemed actually quite interested in me.
So there were no nerves involved at all. Perhaps it was the alcohol, but I don’t think that explained it all away.
What exactly is this fortitude thing about? Oh yeah – I can’t reproduce my confidence at a moments notice and get away with it.
But this was a handy exercise nontheless. 7 years ago
I’ve recently come back from two weeks in Vancouver by myself, and there was a definite flicker on the fortitude-o-meter.
With not knowing anyone there and not really wanting to spend two weeks living like a hermit I ended up just striking up conversations with complete strangers. Especially good was a night in the pub where I ended up with someone offering to help me find a job over there.
Now I just have to apply this to everyday life at home more often. So far it’s not turning out so bad really. In fact it’s all pretty damn good. 7 years ago
for‧ti‧tude /ˈfɔrtɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[fawr-ti-tood, -tyood]
–(noun) mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness.
[Origin: 1350–1400; ME < L fortitūdō strength, firmness, courage, equiv. to forti(s) strong + -tūdō -tude]
—(Synonyms) See patience. 7 years ago
Today was a useful one. In an attempt to find out more about trumpets (as needed by another “thing” on the list) I went into a music shop and asked for some help.
It doesn’t sound much, but it’s not the kind of thing I would do usually.
And it was extremely useful. Not only did I find out just about everything I needed to know but I also had a bit of a lesson on the rudiments of playing. And I can actually manage to get a note out of one.
Not exactly the fortitude I had in mind when I came up with this “thing” but a step in the right direction. 7 years ago
The other day I was chattng away with someone at work about something and she said “you’ve got everything you need, now you just need the fortitude to get on with it”.
I had to go and look the word up, but she was completely right.
And it’s a good word. 7 years ago