Once upon a time in distant times there lived a small boy who lived with his mother in ancient Mesopotamia. He used to collect pages of parchment scripts that he found given to him at various times in his life. When he first started collecting them he was only 11 years old, and the first document said something about the art of bravery. It was written by a man that had died as a gladiator in the arena of sports in those days where he had been pitted against a large bear. He fought bravely but had his skull smashed by a swift blow from the clublike paws of the bear. Really it was an uneven fight. The man had written to his son of the way to be brave. He wrote as follows. To be brave is to be honest within yourself and to recognise that bravery comes from trying to make the best of your braveness that is coming out of you drawn by the situation. The situation will draw out of you exactly what is required. It is the utmost bravery to follow this lead of brave action that is being presented to you when you notice it. In other words it is brave to be brave.
…and the boy learnt from this not to strive to be brave at all times but to be brave when the situation was calling you to be brave. As the bible once said there is a time to be brave and a time to be not brave, everything has its time and place. It is brave to recognise the call to be brave and to follow it and be brave.
I wrote this story at a time I was feeling less than brave and the story comes from out of my life and all of my life experiences. When you let life flow through you the story of life as you have experienced it will flow out of you and the truths and wisdom you have found and known will weave into the story. It is true indeed that to be brave you have to feel the braveness called for by God or by your soul and follow the braveness and be brave to be brave. It’s a good example and can be applied to other things like love, to be loved give love comes from a similar sentiment. to be brave give out braveness, to give out braveness be brave. Like the dog chasing its tale, truth because it is truth can go both ways. Truth leads truth and if you see truth approaching you it is brave and being truthful to yourself if you follow your truth. That take courage, strength and love to follow your own truth , but it is the only real way to be, to live.