Today is Thursday. Today, I went to a funeral. It was a celebration of a long life of a woman who had touched so many others for good. Her bio was replete with instances of service.
Today, I hugged her husband who had been married to this woman for 71 years. Some people don’t even live that long. I thought about how for decades this couple was a team, lovers and friends.
Today, this man will have to summon the courage to go to bed at night without the woman he has adored for so many years. He will have to learn to live without half a heart.
Courage takes on so many faces. It’s the person who struggles with mental illness and knows that he/she will have to face the demons for the duration of life. It’s the mom who has had her children taken away from her and has to live each and every day without those little people under her feet.
It’s man who has just been told he has cancer and he looks at his beautiful family wondering how he is going to provide for them.
It’s the woman who has been raped and struggles to have a normal relationship.
It’s the young man in prison who was tortured and imprisoned on false charges who tries to see the good in everyone and everything.
It’s the person who stands against war when the greedy and lovers of war push for it.
It’s the trangendered person who is ridiculed, abused, despised and works for the good of others.
It’s the person who feels alone in this world and chooses not to go down the dark path but works to make life better for all regardless.
It is the whistleblower who sees the wrongdoing and has such a love for people of a country that he/she would risk all to expose the criminal behaviour.
It is the honest journalist who does not spin the story but reports as it is happening and faces severe repercussions for doing so.
It is anyone in this environment who speaks the truth.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant
Peace my friends as Jesus said, “Be of courage.”