Quote of the Day: Bravery

 

Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. –Omar N. Bradley

Life seems to be demanding a great deal of us these days. In few respects can we say that we live ordinary lives, whatever that used to mean. We are called to action in ways that many of us feel very uncomfortable. We fear the judgments of others, the ostracism of the angry group, the dangers of being on the wrong side of the mob.

When we think of bravery, we usually think of our military, the men and women who risk their lives to defend our country. But life calls on us to search our own personal resources when the Left threatens. We might be tempted to remain silent, hoping others will speak out and take the risks that defending our values requires. We hope that our silent support of them will somehow buoy them up, encourage them to hold the line, which is rapidly fading. We may be waiting for just the right cause to “show up” so that we can enlist and do our part to save the country.

But when we wait passively, the opportunity rarely shows up.

These are times when we are called to move beyond our fear. If we wait until we are no longer afraid, our fear will often intensify and make us less powerful. So, when that moment arrives to join others who are taking a stand, and we are willing to grasp it, we can make a powerful statement through our words and actions.

Even though we are scared half to death.

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  1. Rodin Member
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    Today, speaking truth is an act of bravery. Performing comedy is an act of bravery. Putting up an Oct 7 hostage poster is an act of bravery. Protecting someone else’s speech is an act of bravery. Talking politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table is an act of bravery. Going without a mask is an act of bravery. Telling your local school board that sexualizing kindergarteners is wrong, is an act of bravery. Telling the medical establishment that they should not mutilate children, is an actor bravery. Not caring what anyone else thinks, is an act of bravery.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    Today, speaking truth is an act of bravery. Performing comedy is an act of bravery. Putting up an Oct 7 hostage poster is an act of bravery. Protecting someone else’s speech is an act of bravery. Talking politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table is an act of bravery. Going without a mask is an act of bravery. Telling your local school board that sexualizing kindergarteners is wrong, is an act of bravery. Telling the medical establishment that they should not mutilate children, is an actor bravery. Not caring what anyone else thinks, is an act of bravery.

    Hear! Hear! Excellent examples that people can relate to in their own lives. They just need to act and speak aloud.

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  3. Gary McVey Contributor
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    It’s good to get over the idea that for heroes, it’s easy to be brave. Not so. It isn’t easy for anybody. 

    Thanks for yet another great post, Susan!

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    It’s good to get over the idea that for heroes, it’s easy to be brave. Not so. It isn’t easy for anybody.

    Thanks for yet another great post, Susan!

    Thanks so much, Gary. And you are right: it isn’t easy for most of us!

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  5. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
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    Having spent much time in Israel, I say without reservation that Israelis are the bravest people on earth. Surrounded by enemies who want to wipe them off the map, Israelis go about their daily business with an abundance of joy and wit. In Israel, no matter how much wisdom there is in what you say, the other person is bound to outdo and upend whatever you said with a witty response. This hints at what gives Israelis their advantage on the field of battle: the power to improvise.

    You will need to understand Hebrew to get the full effect of Israelis’ courage, their joy, and their wit, but I think it’s worth learning the language if only for this.

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  6. Eugene Kriegsmann Member
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    I was pretty young, probably around 13 when I was taught to simply face up to fear. I had been riding horses from an early age and around that time I got tossed off during a ride in Central Park in Manhattan due to some rowdy kids throwing rocks at my horse. It was the first time I had been thrown, and it was a long way to the ground and pretty painful as a result. Getting back on, and continuing to ride after that day took a lot of resolve, and, I think, may have been the beginning of a way of thinking that has stayed with me for nearly 7 decades. 

    I started mountain and rock climbing some time after that, and lead climbing pretty soon. When you are at the pointed end of the rope the distance you can fall is a factor of how far you have gone beyond your last piece of protection, about double that distance, assuming everything stays in place. 

    Like any normal person, I found the exposure on a climb a bit intimidating. Even though a 10′ fall can kill or seriously damage you, something about 500 feet of exposure below my feet always seemed more scary, as it does with most people who climb. The lesson learned early on is that if you are thinking of falling you are likely to do it. If you are thinking of getting to the top, your chances of doing so are magnified. I adapted that viewpoint from an early stage, and in more than 40 years of climbing I took very few falls, and only a couple that caused any damage at all. I climbed hundreds of mountains in the Pacific Northwest and in Europe, Asia, and South America. I can’t say that I was fearless. Fear, or what I preferred to call respect, was ever present, but I never allowed it to paralyze me or keep me from going to the top. 

    There was one other element which grew with time, judgment.  Knowing when it is time to turn back, listening to your internal voice and deciding whether you are pushing on out of a need to fight your fear or out of simple good sense because something just isn’t right, is a constant internal debate. Rashness isn’t courage. It is bad judgment.

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  7. Skyler Coolidge
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    It’s not always a matter of bravery.  There is also the matter of whether being brave will matter.  If no one is there to help you face a mob, then facing the mob alone could just be suicide.

    More is needed than mere bravery sometimes if you are to make a difference. 

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  8. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
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    “Courage is being scared to death — but saddling up anyway.”

    -John Wayne

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  9. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    It’s not always a matter of bravery. There is also the matter of whether being brave will matter. If no one is there to help you face a mob, then facing the mob alone could just be suicide.

    More is needed than mere bravery sometimes if you are to make a difference.

    I completely agree, Skyler. Discretion is also important.

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  10. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
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    Bravery/Courage happening today

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