What If?

What if …

… There were no such thing as destiny?

… Our place had more to do with our attitude and skills than our circumstances?

… The only way to find a soulmate were to choose someone with whom we have a profound connection and dedicate our lives to making that person happy, trusting them to do the same?

… It were up to us to make the most of each day, instead of expecting others to make accommodation for us?

… We really did have a choice–every one of us, every time?

… Justice, and Truth, and doing the right thing were the responsibility of each of us, and not just the jobs of cops or judges or lawmakers or preachers?

… What we felt we deserved were less important than what we chose to give?

… Our lives were our own responsibility, and our own fault, for good or ill?

… The best day, or week, or year of our lives were the one right in front of us, not because of anything that happened, but simply because we decided to make it so?

… We, and not the government, or the president, or the church, or the mob, or big business, or the 1%, or the 99%, or our parents, or our fans, or our friends, or the media, or the terrorists, or even God, were responsible for our choices?

What a terrifying world it would be if all these things were true. No wonder most of us choose not to live there.

No wonder we choose to call great those who do.

I've been a soldier, a dreamer, a working stiff, a leader. A husband, father, example (good and otherwise), and now a survivor. I write about courage, because courage is what enables us to accomplish the impossible. If you draw breath, I love you. If you love in whatever way seems best to you and want others to love in whatever way seems best to them, I am your ally. If you believe someone is less than you because they do not love the way you do, I oppose you. If you see someone as a threat to be abused or destroyed merely because they do not look like you, or love like you, or worship like you, I am your enemy. I am a joyful and courageous man. And I stand with you who love.