I spent the better part of today in my own universe. I got up and took some packages to the P.O. to mail them, came home and did some cleaning up, laundry, organizing, and yes, some lazing about. The Tim came home from work, we had a nice lunch, and sat down to watch a movie. It was snowy outside, and warm inside. A perfect kind of Saturday.
Then I decided to check in with the world. Only to learn that once again, someone with a gun and a grudge has decided that their way is the only right way, and that if you don't agree, you just don't deserve to be here.
I am a person of extremely strong opinions. I think lots of people who disagree with me are a) crazy, b) evil, c) stupid, d) all of the above. And a lot of the time, I really wish they would disappear into the ether. And I rail about them, and how they are a waste of humanity, and why do I have to share air with them, etc.
I am 99 percent sure that there are others who feel this way. An awful lot of them believe things that are 100% opposite to my beliefs.
But somehow, we manage to coexist. Maybe because as irritating as it is, we realize deep down inside that others live their lives according to their beliefs even if they aren't agreeable to us. Because every day, all of us have to get up and go about our lives the best way that we can to make the kind of life we want for ourselves, our loved ones, our fellow humans. Revenge, anger, and outright hate take a lot of energy.
Cowardice, however, takes none.
So the next time you meet someone who is ready to show the rest of us the right way to do things, remember that cowards are never heroes. They just happen to show up.
Heroes show up for good reasons. Maybe it's to listen to their constituents, or to let their congressperson know what they think about the issues. Maybe it's just to go to the grocery store on a Saturday.
But it's always because they know that you have to put one foot in front of the other to actually move forward.