Monday, December 15, 2008

The courage to try, to do what you can

"Nobody made a greater mistake
than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little."
– Edmund Burke

I was at a Christmas concert tonight...a junior high concert--early adolescence when awkwardness reigns, and voices are changing, feet outsize the rest of their body, and generally grace and poise are in short supply. But the kids sang heartily, and several sang solos. In front of hundreds of volunteered to offer their voices in song for the season. They all received the audiences hearty endorsement, with tone and pitch mattering little. For we admired their courage, and their enthusiasm. We honored their effort and their chutzpah...and we all left feeling a little braver and knowing just a little more, that the possibilities are greater than what we often believe them to be.

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