Sunday, June 26, 2011

Home Of The Brave

Live simply and deliberately.

While the humble worm goes about it's business preparing the dirt to grow crops the small flower lifts it's face to the sun from the patch of dirt next to the telephone pole down the street.

This is who I am, and this is what I do, and I do it proudly and deliberately.

I want to write today about bravery. I know courage and bravery are synonyms, but they have different meanings to me.

Next to where I used to live in New York City they were constructing an apartment building of about 40 stories. One day, while it was still under construction, a fire broke out on the top. Pieces of burning wood were being blown off down to the street below. The builders had reached to about the 25th floor. The only way the fire fighters could get to the fire was by the construction elevator on the side of the building. That elevator went two or three stories above the fire. I watched as the fire fighters jumped one by one directly down into the fire, not knowing what they were going to land on if anything. That's courage. There were no injuries and the fire was quickly put out.

Bravery to me means not knowing if one will ever face that sort of danger but deciding to become a fire fighter in the first place. Bravery, to me, is being willing to stand up to whatever comes. Courage is standing up to it.

My life is fairly simple today. I don't have any poorly written scripts, prima donnas, difficult directors or hostile audiences to put up with. I like it. I like the simple life. I wish it were simpler.

I think bravery is also a matter of hope, trust, faith. The worm goes about it's business trusting that it's not going to be dug up and speared on some fish hook. The flower goes on trusting that it won't be stomped on my some careless boot wearing pedestrian. This is who I am, this is what I do and I do it proudly and deliberately.

I was just talking with my friend Marty about how important it is to know who we are, to accept who we are and to be who we are without anxiety, shame or regret. I think to simplify one's life to the important things is the answer to a happy life, even if some of those things might be dangerous. The trivial things are always there to be done but if I can wake up in the morning knowing that what I'm really going to do today is what I want to do more than anything else then nothing else matters.

I can recall several times in my life when I came off the stage after a successful and satisfying performance saying "I love this. I love this more than life itself."

To save lives, to put the fires out, to capture the hill from the enemy takes courage. To live up to the best expectations and standards of who we are, doing what we do with faith, trust, hope and deliberation, that takes bravery.
Never give up.
DB - Vagabond Journeys


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krissy knox said...

I read a similar post to this today. Your post was even more spectacular. I can't even begin to say how it will help me. I am dedicated to do what I do best now, without fear, or in spite of fear perhaps. I am what I am!

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Ana said...

I loved this test. I wanted to write about "simple" but it's very hard and take a lot of work.
I rather show it is art.
You do it with words.
I also like my simple life.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

We never know if we have the bravery gene until it is time to put it to the true test. I like to think I have it.