Recently I have been humbled by the bravery I have seen in journeys of friends.
.... of the profound tenderness of a husband in the face of the ravages of Alzheimer's on his lovely wife
... of the generosity of a teacher to his young students, even as he himself is struggling to regain health
... of the care and compassion of a husband and wife, each struggling with life-threatening cancer
... of the mercy and strength of a husband as he accompanies his pain-ridden wife nearing the end of her life.
Each of these care giving souls embodies bravery: staying the course; being changed into more compassionate people by suffering; being present when it seems easier to flee.
Is this not bravery in action?
The quiet struggles of life can indeed be the soil in which extraordinary people grow.