I often find myself at odds with opinions included on the Op-Ed page in the Austin American-Statesman. A few days ago I found two items that I found interesting, engaging, important, and worth sharing (in the extreme):
First, a tale of two local college students, living in shelters and demonstrating the “American spirit,” meeting adversity head-on and taking personal responsibility for making changes:
|Austin American-Statesman. 12/10/09|
|Dvorak: For homeless college students, each day is a test|
|Lewis and Wilson are both in their 20s, both college students and both homeless. Their stories are remarkable and humbling in so many ways. They shatter our assumptions about who is homeless, and they put so many of our daily struggles in stark perspective. More: http://www.statesman.com/search/content/editorial/stories/2009/12/10/1210dvorak_edit.html|
On the same day, there was a column about a young man surviving a beachhead in 1944 that many of his friends and cohorts did not. He faced a soul-searching, life-saving decision hours later:
|Austin American-Statesman, 12/10/09|
|A clear view in the fog of war|
|“They went behind enemy lines and most of them didn’t make it out. Tobin did, and he came back and raised a family and worked as a carpenter, and for some 40 years he didn’t collect the stack of medals the Army had waiting for him. ” More: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2009/112009epress.pdf|
The definition of courage: facing life’s challenges, however difficult they appear, knowing that there is really no alternative. These young people met that challenge — two in modern Austin, Texas, another in WW II France. They all deserve our respect and support.
Take a minute today to give thanks for everyone around you who stands out daily, and who truly demonstrates the courage to change the world as they find it.