I Wonder If Bushy Needs To Redefine Courage?  

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
15586 posts
10/18/2005 11:29 am
I Wonder If Bushy Needs To Redefine Courage?

I hate to pick on good old Dubya, but come on! I called him this weekend and asked him what he was thinking about the terrible quake in Pakistan. He just gave that familiar Dubya chuckle and said..."Hell them folks are back woods. I told 'em to try using more buttermilk. I have buttermilk panquakes every morning."

Maybe we all need to address the issue of courage. Seems we get reminded of what courage is by the media quite often. We see footage of policemen and women risking their lives. Who isn't familiar with the firefighters of 9/11? We also see and hear many stories coming out of Iraq about soldiers showing courage in the face of danger. This is heart warming and inspiring. But I think it misses the point a little.

All the media, and for that matter most everyone else, talks about are professional acts of courage. I think as a people we need to look at the true face of courage. It's around us every day.

The single parent who hasn't bought herself new bras in 3 years because her kids needed something. She works 2 or 3 jobs, gets little sleep, is taking higher learning courses at the local college, yet always has time to take the kids to soccer practice. Or piano lessons. And she's always seated right there in the second row at every school play. That's courage.

What about the inner city kid that tries hard in school and says no to his friends when they offer him drugs? Courage.

The teenage girl that has the presence of mind to say no before things get out of hand and she winds up a pregnancy statistic...courage.

The sweet old lady down the street who has arthritis so bad some days she can barely walk. Yet she somehow manages to bake a cake and brings it over to wish you Happy Anniversary. Courage.

Soldiers are expected to be courageous. But what about when their legs are blown off and they spend 3 years in therapy, fighting against the pain, pushing themself harder and harder so that next year they can compete in their Olympics? Courage.

What about the bloggers who have decided to attend the convention but do so filled with fear? Fear of acceptance. Fear of strangers. Fear of fitting in. Fear of flying. Fear of getting within 40 feet of little Kenny. Yet they do it. Courage.

We are surrounded with courageous people every day. Maybe we need to look harder. Maybe we need to acknowledge what every day courage really is. When was the last time you smiled, shook hands, and looked the fellow in the wheelchair–at WalMart–straight in the eyes and said, "How are you today?"

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Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

10/18/2005 12:28 pm

HAHA bloggers convention and courage? ROFL..

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
10/18/2005 12:33 pm

a lovely post ,the papers always seem to forget those courages folk,thanks hun,

Enjoy the conferance and give EE and goddess a kiss from me

I'm a

i'm here to stay

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
10/18/2005 12:41 pm

PNS actually several are apprehensive. Myself included. I am curious of anyone will be upset with me when they discover that I'm actually 6'6", extremely muscular, very nice looking, almost a full 8 inches, and have an Italian accent. Hopefully, no one will be upset that I mislead them.

I gotta get off crack!

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rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
10/18/2005 1:20 pm

Thank you papy. I will give them a kiss from you. Sure hope you were sending a French Kiss.

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walldodger1969 70M
16 posts
10/18/2005 1:25 pm

they have a bloggers convention? who du thunk.

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
10/18/2005 1:36 pm

So true Katey. It is the small gestures we overlook. I wave at people they often wave back. Little Kenny waves at people and they call a cop. I'm not sure what this has to do with what you said.

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angelofmercy5 59F
17881 posts
10/18/2005 4:21 pm

I teach at our community college and see this courage every day. I hope that I encourage them enough and praise their efforts so they see their own self worth. And BTW.....little Kenny is really 8 inches? Keep on wagging!

SoljerBlu 39M

10/18/2005 8:21 pm

Every single day of my life! Everything you mentioned and some you didn't. And some stories of courage I will never tell.

DefiniteTrouble 50F

10/19/2005 5:43 am

Excellent post. I hope it makes everyone stop and think how fortunate we truly are and appreciate all we have in our lives.

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

10/19/2005 7:04 am

Yep, you're right about all this.

Sadly my one-track mind picked out one 3-word sentence in all you wrote: "Fear of flying." Are you insinuating that the bloggers' convention will be loaded (pun intended) with zipless fucking? Where IS Erica Jong when you need her?!


rm_deaminveni 50M
116 posts
10/19/2005 9:18 am

Great post. So true. Made me stop and think.

TopFisher 63M

10/19/2005 1:59 pm

As usual TDA you have once again brought forth a flood of truth which is cause for pause and thought! Thank You

Now as to you chickens about to run cackeling off to Chi town?

Relax folks, I am proud as punch to be an elite member of the very first ever RAlly@ fishing event in the country. I have also served on committies for other such events since that first meeting gathered on Labor Day 1997.

Event, much like this, organized, advertisied, and creted totally via the internet. Folks from chat rooms, message boards. 45 of us gathered together for a great weekend of fun, food, fishin and fellowship! Only a few had ever met one another and nobody really knew one another. It was an astounding event to be a part of. This event is still running today as well as many others each and every year.

Now Chi town with this bunch will be a bit different I think. Partly due to, dare we say, sexual tension and overtones? I suppose we do. Well hell ya'll just relax git drunk and hopefully laid too!! HAR HAR!!!! But for gawds sake, just make it fun, for yourselves and those others willing to join you.

rm_1hotwahine 63F
21091 posts
10/19/2005 8:46 pm

Why is the Lion covering his chest? Is Bert Lahr hiding something?

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dano6332 56M

10/20/2005 8:37 pm

T, Well said everyday life requires courage to survive and you picked some great examples

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