Brave heroes ride on horseback
Arjuna in his chariot
Or little David facing Goliath’s taunts.
Or brave in spirit
Rosa Parks on her bus
Or facing a tank on Tiananmen Square.
But every day, great acts of bravery go on unseen
For many, getting out of bed is braver
Than anything on horseback
To face oneself unvarnished with utter honesty
Is an act of bravery
It is brave to confront one’s own battles
The endless jihad of self-control,
Reflection and self correction,
And against selfishness
There is much bravery in perseverance
Persisting and moving forward
We walk forward on the frozen waters
Not knowing how thin the ice may be
That is life
And it demands bravery.