“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
It’s ok if you are afraid. Let me say this again: it’t ok if you are afraid. It is a normal emotion with so much uncertainty going on in the world right now. When will the pandemic truly end or will it ever? Is the pandemic limited to the medical aspect of things and the lives we have lost? What about the mental toll it has taken on those families who have been left behind or those whose businesses have collapsed as a result? It is a lot to bear, not to mention the emotional toll that the continuous inequities have had on race, gender and creed. But through this all we have had examples of people possessing the one thing that will help us rise above all of this negativity: and that is courage. The late Reverend Billy Graham said in today’s quote that courage can be contagious and all it takes is one person to take a stand, then others are bound to follow suit.
Whether it has been the doctors and nurses, educators at schools K-12 or other essential workers there have been and continue to be courageous human beings better yet human doings who have overcome whatever challenges that were laid before them to help serve the greater good. In the medical arena, doctors and nurses have worked around the clock to provide the best care possible to those who continue to suffer from COVID 19 whiles others are working feverishly to produce a vaccine. Educators have faced their own share of challenges at the tail end of last school year and as we start this new school year. Within a few weeks time this past spring, schools had to scramble to teach their students on a digital platform that most were unfamiliar with, provide iPads and laptops to families that did not have a device to engage in the work and providing overall guidance and help to families in their time of need. To start this year, we have educators that are instructing students online as well as those who chose to come back to the brick and mortar school setting. Schools have taken precautionary measures to keep students and teachers safe by implementing mask policies and remaining in cohorts while social distancing. This “new normal” has been a challenge for all but they continue to face these challenges head on.
In each of these examples there are commonalities between these two professions. Each exemplify admirable qualities that show day in and day out such as their ability to keep their commitments by continuing to help others, go that extra mile even when they are bone tired and most importantly express their love for not only what they do but also who they do it for. They are both courageous heroes. There are so many other professions that do the same thing and I salute them. It brings courage to those who are seeking it and hopefully will be the example they need to overcome their own fears.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware and a responsible decision maker?