Taking a stand means to firmly assert in words and/or action a position. We are often taking a stand on small matters. I recently took a stand on a major issue and I did it with trepidation as to the response I will get. I wrote a couple page statement about an issue about which I have strong feeling, and for me it took courage. I expect some agreement and a good deal of disagreement. I debated with myself whether to do it, I even lost some sleep over it, and I did it. My action is so new that I haven't yet received any response, but it will come. What helped me find the courage to take the stand was my strong belief in my position, my belief that it's important that it be said, my wanting the issue to be more out there to be thought and talked about, my knowing that my position is my truth and I have a responsibility to express it, and knowing that my regret for not taking a stand would trouble me more than taking the stand.