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Courage You May Have

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | May 27, 2012 6:33 PM

We try to picture what it would be like to engage in a courageous act? Like dreaming of saving babies from a burning plane, finding and reporting a notorious terrorist, rescuing a drowning person, negotiating peace in a dangerous war-torn country, fighting for what's right. The Walter Mitty dream of being heroic, a big-shot, important, admired and knowing we did something memorable to be proud of forever, leaving a legacy.

Yet, I'm thinking of random acts of courage, just like we think of such acts of kindness. Quietly helping around the house or making love with a backache to make someone happy, spending retirement money on a child's education, traveling far out of the comfort zone to see a grandchild, letting go of a b loved spouse or a beloved child so that he/she can be happy with someone else or elsewhere, teaching in a ghetto, running a not-so-profitable business which improves the world, going back to work as a senior citizen, moving to a new community to support give someone else in the family an opportunity, taking in a foster child, adopting, having a baby, getting married, and you fill in the rest .

As a write this fragment, I see the overlap between courage and kindness and realize how huge these smaller acts of courage are, especially since, unlike the ones of dreams, they're common and real to everyday people. These aren't acts of being at the right place at the right time with ample adrenaline and instinct. They're everyday acts of courage we should celebrate.We try to picture what it would be like to engage in a courageous act? Like dreaming of saving babies from a burning plane, finding and reporting a notorious terrorist, rescuing a drowning person, negotiating peace in a dangerous war-torn country, fighting for what's right. The Walter Mitty dream of being heroic, a big-shot, important, admired and knowing we did something memorable to be proud of forever, leaving a legacy.

Yet, I'm thinking of random acts of courage, just like we think of such acts of kindness. Quietly helping around the house or making love with a backache to make someone happy, spending retirement money on a child's education, traveling far out of the comfort zone to see a grandchild, letting go of a b loved spouse or a beloved child so that he/she can be happy with someone else or elsewhere, teaching in a ghetto, running a not-so-profitable business which improves the world, going back to work as a senior citizen, moving to a new community to support give someone else in the family an opportunity, taking in a foster child, adopting, having a baby, getting married, and you fill in the rest .

As a write this fragment, I see the overlap between courage and kindness and realize how huge these smaller acts of courage are, especially since, unlike the ones of dreams, they're common and real to everyday people. These aren't acts of being at the right place at the right time with ample adrenaline and instinct. They're everyday acts of courage we should celebrate.

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