Here there be dragons...

"I'm telling you stories. Trust me." - Winterson

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear" - Ambrose Redmoon.

My friend Donna posted this on FB -- I figured it was worth reposting:

Now the video shows a 13yo girl w/ an amazing voice singing the Star Spangled Banner at a basketball game. The catch is she gets stage fright and basically freezes, at which point the coach of one of the teams steps up and helps her through it. The video caption says it "shows how leadership & solidarity at the right time can make a
great difference to help a human being" -- and this is entirely true. He did possibly the best thing anybody could've done in that scenario. But what I think it also shows which isn't mentioned is the courage of that young girl. First to go out there at all, and then to be so scared as to forget what she's undoubtably been practicing endlessly, and then to CONTINUE despite that fear (and various other negative emotions that she was undoubtably facing at that moment) to a strong finish... Well that shows the kind of strength and character I would love to have. And on top of it all, she has the presence of mind after the whole thing, to thank the guy who stepped up and helped her through it. That, to me, is what makes this video worth watching. So I thought I'd share.


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