Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Giving thanks for courage

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. " - Ambrose Redmoon

     “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tsu

Today, I'm thankful for courage - in particular, the courage of the 50 workers who remain on-site at the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan struggling to prevent the worst from happening. I'm thankful too for whoever and whatever inspires and comforts them as they battle on.

I'm grateful for other kinds of courage as well - like the courage little Gregor Gillis is showing in his battle against leukemia. He's just two years old today but has already undergone more medical procedures than most of us will in our lifetimes.

How is it some of us don't have the courage to get out of bed in the morning, while others are capable of such heroics?  I'm not sure, but perhaps it's as simple as caring about someone or something enough to endure all the pain and fear.  In any case, I hope those brave workers will long be remembered for putting the safety of others ahead of their own. And I hope little Gregor is able to enjoy a full and happy life after all he and his family have been through.

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