Be Brave

Be Brave
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February 6, 2013

Be Brave - Become a Hero


A hero is someone we look up to and admire for their bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They are also people who face their fears, or people who ignore their fears to accomplish something that, in their estimation, is urgently necessary. A hero is someone we look up to and admire for their bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. Sometimes a hero dies in the attempt, sometimes they live.
We have great admiration for those heroes who survive. We often count those attempts that fail as something less than memorable. Maybe that's because we don't like to remember that when we face our fears to help someone else, the most fearful thing of all could happen.
   For those of us who are daily heroes, we face our fears daily because we believe in the importance of our convictions, therefore we do something that is truly frightening: we die. Yes, we die to our personal desires, we die to the fear of rejection, we die to the world as it is perceived by those too frightened to accept the ultimate sacrifice. We close our eyes to fear and we walk into that thing that threatens our survival. And what's funny is that on the other side of the experience, we reap such a treasure of joy that it's unspeakable. There is nothing like facing our fears and being a true hero for another. You may not get your picture in the paper, or a mention on the news, but your sacrifice, your dying to yourself to make someone else more important than you are, will never be forgotten.
   And the other thing that's cool about this is that you find that the thing you feared the most wasn't nearly as big and scary as you thought it would be.
Be brave: do more.
cw