Courage takes many different forms.
For Atticus Finch, courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
For John F. Kennedy, courage was political. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, the then-future president wrote about eight past U.S. Senators who had put the country’s interests in front of their own political advancement, or even survival.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters about Daniel Webster speaking in favor of the Compromise of 1850, the third in a series of compromises that forestalled what eventually became our nation’s bloodiest conflict, and Edmund G. Ross, whose vote to acquit Andrew Johnson preserved the power of that office during a critical period in the nation’s history.
Courage also means confronting one’s physical limitations and still sucking the marrow out of life.
Fourth grade teacher, mentor and friend Paul Tamburello has been doing just that for the past 17 years.