Friday, June 20, 2008
Gavin’s writing assignment this week was an Essay on Courage and what it means to him. He normally struggles with writing, but he pulled this from somewhere inside him and I am very impressed! I can see that he put time and thought into this. I am most impressed with his statement at the end regarding Fear being an illusion. He came up with that on his own! So, tell me what you think!!
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, courage is “the quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or hardship with confidence, resolution, and firm control of one’s self.” Courage is bravery. People like fire men, police and paramedics are all brave (courageous). Police dogs, for instance, are trained to fear nothing. Fire men face fear every day fighting fire. Paramedics don’t fear treating a life or death situation in the ambulance. Doctors are not afraid to save people.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” I think that Eleanor Roosevelt was right about courage. It really says it all for me; courage is a time when you look at fear in the face. Courage is really all about facing fear and standing up to fear.
Fear is really an illusion hiding greatness from you. And if you jump the wall you jump fear; you overcome the great task of life.
Written by April at 9:02 PM