NeedsWritten by Rinatta Paries
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It's How (Not If) We Live That CountsWritten by Thom Rutledge
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of last month’s terrorist attacks on United States, we hear story after story of courage in face of great danger and not-so-good odds. I have asked myself, “Would I have acted as admirably as these good people?” Of course I want to think I would, but I cannot predict future, and I think it would be a mistake to underestimate power of self-preservation reflex given imminent danger. I do believe that to not act as these otherwise ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances have acted would certainly be a classic case of missing point. And I believe that regardless of how I might or might not have acted on September 11, 2001 had I been aboard Flight 93, speeding across Pennsylvania air space, aimed at a Washington D.C. target, for instance, likelihood of my acting with that level of courage at some future time has been significantly increased thanks to their example.
How I might (or you might) act in some future extreme circumstance is very likely never to be known. But how we act today will be known, maybe to other people, but most definitely to myself and God. The displays of courage in our day to day lives will for most part not be dramatic or flashy --- not remarkable at all --- but these are choices of behavior that will determine whether or not we ultimately “get it,” or miss point.
And I’m pretty sure it ain’t about money and cars.
Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and author of several books. His new book, Embracing Fear, will be available June 2002. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.webpowers.com/thomrutledge.