Courage is not always about successfully standing against opposition, but the willingness to attempt to do what’s right, even if you are defeated.
It broke my heart to watch this video:
This woman, Pamela Gaudry, wanted to do something precious for one of our fallen soldiers when she found out he was being transported on her flight. She went around to several passengers asking to join in singing the National Anthem when they landed, in honor of the fallen hero.
Then a Delta flight attendant informed her that this would be against company policy and asked all passengers to remain silent. Pam, in fear of the consequences, complied. And for that she feels as though her attempt wasn’t courageous. A disappointment.
When a soldier dies in the line of duty, has he disappointed his fellow brothers in arms? Was he not courageous in his attempts for victory, though being defeated? Furthermore, are his brothers disappointed in themselves and are they not courageous because of their loss of one of their own?
Though the survivors of war may feel that way about the ones they’ve lost Pam, the answer in the eyes of those of us not courageous enough to even attempt what they do is: No. They are no less courageous and are never a disappointment, even in defeat.
I commend Pam for her courage in the attempt, something I don’t think I would have even thought to attempt in honor of those who protect my liberty. God bless her courage, even in defeat.