Saturday, December 12, 2009
#193 – Brave
Someone said that “life is hard and then….!” Boy is that true or what. Just being alive requires bravery…getting old takes up a lot of your time and being young…well that is just impossible.
I am the mother of three and the grandmother to 10 (almost 11) grandchildren. I am living the old part and watching the young people in my life do the impossible. I am not responsible for their courage yet I swell with pride as I watch them overcome each road block and move on.
Teenager with their delicate hearts endure broken relationships and the depression that follows. They try for what they want and then wait to be selected for the team or a job and still smile when they see me. They have not burdened us with their fears or spread their gloom over our lives. I admire that a lot. Living through the bad times with courage is one thing but displaying the bravery of a smiling face is another. Severe illness has visited one grandchild yet he is resilient, kind and above all positive about his life. His bravery has been an example for us all.
My children have chosen lives of public service. They have endured hard times in their personal and professional lives with dignity and came back better than ever. Their courage truly has been a inspiration for my husband and I. It is very difficult for me not to become a braggart. Still is seems to me that even though our children are doing remarkable things, it is only when we see the contrast of what they have endured, that we can appreciate their success. I will not tell you the full story because I think you have all seen the same patterns in your family and friends.
Brave is a very big word and heros are hard to find…or at least that is what we think. It occurred to me this morning that the world may be looking in the wrong places. Brave heroes are all around us. We should be very grateful.