Scallywag

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

~ George Orwell ~

Brave Every One

August 12th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 38 secs

She might be more courageous than a dozen tough guys.

Could she have more courage than a dozen tough guys?

Bravery isn’t all about rescuing babies from burning houses or collecting kittens from trees. There are brave people everywhere, and quite possibly, even in your street.

Back in the 1980’s, I worked a lot with people with disabilities and it was a fantastic learning experience. One of the greatest lessons came as I watched parents pick up and drop off their kids from the day center or accommodation.

Time and again, I was confronted by people who, I believe, are some of the bravest people I’ve ever met. Facing their difficulties under extreme conditions, these parents were often exhausted, without much support, and uncertain how to care for their adult offspring. It seemed to me that the majority were functioning with a kind of steely determination to keep on keeping on, come what may.

Parents of kids with severe disabilities still have an incredibly tough time. Facing disappointments, guilt, worry, and the burden of an intense workload of high needs care, they are amazing people.

Granted, they may not feel that way and nor are they “perfect” or superhuman. Complete with all the frailties you and I possess, they nevertheless go on to make good out of incredible hardship, and I admire that.

Like carers everywhere, they struggle to manage (and sometimes don’t). But the way they press on is a testimony to noble will, courage, and love. If it were up to me, I’d be awarding medals to each one for sacrifice, dedication (beyond physical and mental exhaustion), and courage. They are some of the most benevolent people you will ever meet.

So if you know somebody like that, consider yourself blessed because of what they can teach you about life. As brave people – every one – they are daring to do their best one day at a time, despite lifelong difficulties.

In themselves, aspects of bravery do not guarantee happiness. But they do reveal what a quality life looks like. Rather than a bigger bluer pool, more costly cars, or adding another wing to the mansion, a worthwhile life has character.

Living can be difficult and hardship can be a daily experience. But a life of courage that sacrifices for the love of others deserves deep admiration and respect. And amazingly, we all have that potential.

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