Today is Memorial Day in my country, a day when, like many other nations, we express our gratitude for those who’ve given their lives defending us. Traditionally, of course, this means those who died in battle.
And indeed it should.
But there are other kinds of heroes and other kinds of battles, as well. There are many ways of losing one’s life in defense of others. Unnumbered thousands of fire fighters and rescue workers have died saving people. So have police officers, teachers, missionaries, and volunteers. Even as I write this, health workers are dying fighting COVID 19, just as many died fighting cholera, SARS and ebola. They knew the risks and yet they risked everything.
So let us honor them all.
And finally, what better way to honor them than to ask ourselves, “Would I do the same?” and then to so align our values and courage as to be able to answer, “Yes”…
If that time should ever come.
“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” ~Brodi Ashton
“Courage is found in unlikely places.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien
“Courage is…when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” ~Harper Lee
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” ~C.S. Lewis
“Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.” ~Mitch Albom
“My father told me once that the most important thing every man should know is what he would die for.” ~Tana French