When we are encouraged, we are "en" - as in "to be in the place, condition, or state of" - courage.
When we are discouraged, we are "dis" -- as in "apart from" or "showing disrespect for" or "reversed from" -- courage.
Knowing where your courage resides could help when you're feeling "dissed." Just go knock on the door of that inner place. Realizing how easily you can move from separation to connection should make life easier. If not happier. Just step through the door.
I found this interesting quote about crouage in The Artist's Mentor, edited by Ian Jackman, and published by Random House Reference. It's by sculptor Anne Truitt, and only part of a much longer segment.
"Artists have a modicum of control Their development is open-ended. As the pressure of their work demands more and more of them, they can stretch to meet it. They can be open to themselves, and as brave as they can be to see who they are, what their work is teaching them. This is never easy. Every step forward is a new clearing through a thicket of reluctance and habit and natural indolence. All the while they are at the mercy of events (pp 209-210)."
Once we understand that we can choose to be "with" our center of courage, outside critics lose some of their sting. Realizing, too, that a gem of information can be found in any rejection, allows us to step forward from our courageous center.
As for me, I've found Courage to be a great friend of Slump, although they'd never admit it. Slump likes to cover for Courage when he (or she) takes a vacation and lives it up on the beach in Mexico. Not that I'm ignorant of their conspiracy.
I just wish Courage would take me along next time.
So where does your courage live?