Brave: (adj) ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage
I have discovered that one of the more brave things to do is choose the correct moment to be a coward.
First, you have to be fearless about the characterization. Is it cowardly to know that you’re outnumbered, ill-prepared, uncertain, or to proceed with caution–even delay?
I don’t think so.
Bravery always reminds me of the Native American going hunting, only having the resources and time to make four arrows. Yet at the end of the day he knows two things: he must come back with dinner, and he’s only got four shots.
So what is the goal? Avoiding foolish undertakings that may seem noble or adventurous but will steal the quality of his supply.
So he waits.
He waits for that moment when he can get close enough to the deer.
If he does that–if he passes over the long shot, refuses to chase tracks that lead nowhere and simply allows the opportunity to come close to him–he has a much better chance of returning home with game … as the brave instead of a foolish archer.
Published by Jonathan Cring