"I think anybody could've did what I did if they're just pushed in that kind of cage and you have to either react or you're going to, you know, fold."
James Shaw, Jr.
Good morning, friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was work, work, and some more work, but that’s life. This is a new week so let’s get to it.
Perhaps you heard the terrible news from the weekend, of the deranged young man who killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, TN. For the record, I’m way past tired of such news. But the news that greeted me this morning was a bit more encouraging. It was the story of James Shaw, Jr., an AT&T technician who happened to be in that Waffle House with a friend when the tragedy began. Naturally leaping at first into a bathroom to save his life, Mr. Smith recognized a moment in the melee to challenge the shooter, take his gun and end the nightmare. And this morning he insists that he is no hero, that his action was a selfish one to save his own life. Perhaps. Whatever. Regardless, he saved many lives by acting in the critical moment.
You and I will never, ever face such a life and death moment in our lives. We’re statistically more likely to be killed in a stampede or be struck by lightning. But we will certainly have many critical moments in life when powerful opposites will hang in the balance. To help or not help when needed. To support or not support. To encourage or not encourage. To continue or quit. To try or run away. On and on the list goes of critical moments we will certainly face. You may very well face one today. What will you do?
* What does courage look like in your own life?
* How can you exercise the muscle of courage to build it up?
* What’s an act of courage you can face well today?
History has shown that most people will fold in such critical moments. The inertia of conserving energy is powerful but life should not be ebbed away or fade away via atrophy of courage. The moments of courage are life itself. Open your eyes to the critical moments in your life each day and begin to manage the muscle of courage. Who knows what hero you can be today for yourself or someone else? I know you are! Have a great week.