Watched the Blind Side again last night. Great movie for when you’re feeling sorry for yourself. Anyway, I wrote out Michael’s essay and thought I’d share it here.
Sean: Rode the six hundred. All in the valley of Death ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’ Was there a man dismay’d? Not tho’ the soldiers knew someone had blunder’d
Michael: Someone made a mistake?
Sean: Yeah , their leader , their coach.
Michael: But why would they go ahead if they knew he messed up?
Sean: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred.
Michael: They are all gonna die , aren’t they?
Sean: It’s really, really sad. I think you found something to write about, Michael.
Michael: Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or a mistake. But you’re not supposed to question adults or your coach or your teacher — because they make the rules. Maybe they know the best, but maybe they don’t. It all depends on who you come and where you come from. Then didn’t one of the six hundred guys think about giving up and joining with the other side? I mean The Valley Of Death! That’s pretty salty stuff. That’s why courage is tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you’re doing something. I mean any fool can have courage — but honor — that’s the real reason you do something or you don’t. Its who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important then you have both honor and courage and that’s pretty good. I think that’s what the writer was saying, we should hope for courage and try for honor and maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some too.
Also found this quote from somewhere. Not sure of the context or the author, but I liked it.
“You are not your name, your fears, your failures or your past.”
Okay, I’m thinking you are exactly all of those things, but in my mind, those things don’t have to be ALL that you are. We are the sum of our parts and if we go forward with courage, honor and faith in God, then your name, fears, failures and past don’t matter.