Courageous act

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Donald R. Fox

Most of us average folks never have been placed into a position to test our inner make-up. Could we perform an act of bravery? We wonder, hope, and pray if something was placed before us that required courage on our part, that we would we respond in a positive, brave manner. Bravery is defined as “the quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening: the quality or state of being brave." Akin to bravery is courage and defined as “the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, etc”.
Dwelling on the subject of bravery, my memory recalled the “Flight 90” disaster on the Potomac River, January 13, 1982. The airline crash was dramatized in a TV movie shortly after the incident. An everyday by-stander by the name of Lenny Skutnic became a hero by jumping into the ice laden freezing river and swam thirty feet to save a young woman who was about to drown. This courageous act was preserved on film.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear” Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

“Bravery never goes out of fashion” William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)


Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:6-7 KJV)

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalm 27:14 KJV)
NOTE: For interesting information concerning Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac River see the below web sites:
NOTE: For similar subject see essay titled: “BRAVERY” and “COURAGE”.

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