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20 Things Courageous People Say

The everyday heroes you know have probably said something similar.


I love movies where people do heroic things. I read biographies and novels like The Gray Man series, which are full of courageous stories. I work with courageous men and women in law enforcement and the fire services. And I am blessed to have many friends and family who served and are serving in the armed forces who I consider heroes. Their stories are all filled with a common language. 


What do courageous people say? Here is a list:


  1. Not on my watch!

  2. If not me, then who?

  3. If not now, then when?

  4. What if everyone were selfish and ignored this?

  5. No more!

  6. Because we are better than that.

  7. I can’t NOT do something.

  8. What if my kids were watching?

  9. I’d rather be fired than be a hypocrite.

  10. Because they are human beings.

  11. I couldn’t look in the mirror if I had let it go.

  12. Because that’s my responsibility.

  13. What would Jesus do?

  14. I am the leader.

  15. I was quiet for too long.

  16. I volunteered for this job.

  17. It’s what I am trained to do.

  18. What if that was my daughter, wife, or mother?

  19. This has got to stop!

  20. They would have done it for me.


When you read this list, you realize these statements can apply to anyone. In fact the everyday heroes we know - foster parents, ER staff, volunteers, and school aides - often have the same attitudes. The list above could be a lot longer. This is just a partial list that is meant to remind us that Courage is accessible to all of us. The heroes you know probably have said something similar.


How could this list prepare you for that future moment when you may be called to be courageous? Heroes aren’t only in the movies or in books. We should all want to look at one in the mirror each day.


Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.  Right is right even if nobody is doing it.

- William Penn



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