Thursday, January 17, 2008

For Shan

When I saw this quote, I thought of this.

"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow. Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live."

~Dorothy Thompson

It wasn't the "afraid to live" part that caught my attention. Rather, it was the description of courage. I've always loved the addage: "Bravery is not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of it." Only fools aren't afraid. The difference between cowards and heroes is that the heroes keep trying.

Here's to everyday, ordinary heroes . . . and that means all of us.