When I think of being brave, I think of a soldier placing himself in danger to protect our country. I think of a police officer putting himself in the line of fire to make society feel safe. I think of a fire fighter putting out fires to save our homes and lives. These men and women do things that a lot of us are afraid to do.
Then there are others who are brave, just because it's the right thing to do. One story of bravery puts me in tears every time I think of it. A 27-year old Sandy Hook teacher, Victoria Soto, sacrificed her life when she hid her students in a closet to protect them from crazed gunman, Adam Lanza. When Lanza entered her classroom, she told him that the students were in the gym. The terrified kids started running from the closet and Lanza began shooting. Soto threw herself in front of the children and was killed. The last moments of her life were spent protecting her young students by using her body as a shield against bullets from the deranged madman's gun.
Then there are smaller types of bravery. For instance I am brave enough:
- to catch a stink bug but FREAK when I see a spider.
- to tour colleges even though I am not ready to let my son go.
- to get on fast rides at an amusement park, but refuse to go on a roller coaster.
- to fly in an airplane even though I am terrified of heights.
- to speak in public, but hate to confront someone one-on-one
- to forgive even when I've been emotionally hurt.
- to let my son go to senior week after high school graduation...
- okay, maybe not. I'll be worried the entire time he's gone.
- to venture into my teenage son's bedroom/bathroom AND clean it!!
What fears have you been brave enough to conquer?
Thanks to our host, Rory Bory at Time Out For Mom.
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