Dare to take a stand

A Chinese student made an opening speech at her graduation ceremony at the University of Maryland where she said ”
Five years ago, as I step off the plane from China, and left the terminal at Dallas Airport. I was ready to put on one of my five face masks, but when I took my first breaths of American air. I put my mask away. The air was so sweet and fresh, and utterly luxurious. I was surprised by this. I grew up in a city in China, where I had to wear a face mask every time I went outside, otherwise, I might get sick. However, the moment I inhaled and exhaled outside the airport, I felt free”.
And the whole of China came for her head.
We are at a place right now in the world where everyone seems to be caught in the wake of hypocrisy, sycophancy and bootlicking.
If my opinion does not agree with the popular opinion, I could be crucified for it.
We are surrounded by people who don’t do anything unconventional.

There is a need, no! a cry out, more than ever before for the rise of men and women of courage. People like Abraham, Moses, David, Abraham Lincoln ,Martin Luther, C. S Lewis, D. L moody
People who remind us that the motto “safety first” leads to hell.
People who inspire us to jump! Because the net will appear when we do. People who are not afraid to pack their bags and leave their father’s house to a land, some unknown land.

Courageous people travel light and make maximum impact. They often take the road less traveled. Courage does not mean the absence of fear though, but responding inspite of fear.
The tombstone of a man who fails to take a stand will read “what could have been”.

People of courage make a difference in the world. Instead of cowering to the pressures of this dysfunctional society, become a force. Break out of the box. Boxes are designed for storage and Shoes and not for you. Know what is right and do it. Dare to have principles and stand by them.

Some of the most impactful people in history were people who could have easily ended up on the shelf of mediocrity, but they dared to do the unconventional.
Abraham Lincoln was a failure before he became the President. Don’t settle! soar.

An old adage says, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you live courageously you may loose friends, because the crowd thins out when you decide to live outside the box,, but the view is worth the climb.
You can leave a mark and make an impact but you must have the courage to do it.

Billy Graham writes, courage is contagious. when a brave man takes a stand the spines of others are stiffened.

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