“Fortune favors the bold!”
These words were uttered before the time of Christ, but also by Captain Benjamin Sisko in his attempt to take back a Federation space station from alien invaders. The odds were deeply against him, but it was the “do or do not” time for him, and he chose do. In the end, Sisko made it back to Deep Space Nine and was the eventual victor with the help of some very special allies. Captain Sisko was bold and it paid off thanks to the words of a Roman playwright and a Roman poet.
In about 19 B.C., Roman poet Virgil penned audentis fortuna adiuvat in the poem Aeneid. Fortune favors the bold. Fortuna, in Latin, means fortune, or it can refer to the Goddess Fortuna when the “F” is capitalized. Audentis is dare or be bold. Adiuvat is the word for “helps.”
In 161 B.C., Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer used the proverb fortis fortuna adiuvat in the play Phormio. The difference here is the word fortis, which is the Latin word for brave. Fortune favors the brave.
The definitions of “fortune favors the bold” and “fortune favors the brave” are virtually the same. They mean that those who take risks often reap great rewards; those who are courageous tend to be the most successful. The expressions are phrases that encourage taking a chance in order to get what one wants.
I would say that past and current Olympians and Paralympians fit into these words – courageous, taking risks (have you watched the half-pipe snowboarders and ski jumpers?) and reaping rewards when they make it to the podium for a medal. Actually, all of these athletes are both brave and bold as it takes a competitive and determined spirit to make it to the Olympics and Paralympics. I admire each and every one of them.
Being brave and bold can be the heart of an NFL Superbowl Team, standing up to bigotry, or the response from a civilian who runs into a burning building to save a child. Fortune is the positive outcome, whether it is financial, notoriety or physical and mental well-being.
I truly believe that each and every one of us are brave or bold at some point in our lives. We survive and push forward through illness, a loved one’s death, divorce, natural disasters, financial hardships, and coping through the intricacies of life. If we did not, there would be about eight billion people in the world huddled in a corner of their home, sobbing and threatening to never go out and play again.
So, the encouragement for today, my blogging friends, is go out in the next day, week, month or whenever the opportunity arises, and be bold or brave. Don’t hold back. Be courageous in whatever you need to do and whatever happens. Remember your Latin proverbs in good times and bad. Act as though you have thrown the winning touchdown or taken back your space station.
Be the Sisko, find your fortune.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fortune.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!