The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 5

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 5

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 5

The last member to join Dorothy and Toto’s traveling troop is the Cowardly Lion, looking for his courage. It was always there, just waiting for the right situation to show itself. Most often courage is misunderstood with egoistical showings of derring-do. Courage is not recklessness but a calculated risk of one’s own safety and perhaps life for another.

There is I, believe, a brave hero in everyone of us and true acts of courage and bravery go unseen every day. True heroes are not out for medals, but just want to be of service.

I rewatched again one of my all time favorite movies yesterday, The Cider House Rules. I read John Irving’s book before ever seeing the movie and the orphan Homer Wells was trained from a child to be “of use” and the the loving doctor who trained him came to the St. Cloud, Maine orphanage many years before hoping to be a hero, but said at the orphanage there was no such position available so he decided to just be of service.

Wilbur Larch, M.D. was a true hero and he taught Homer to be one too, behind the scenes always looking for an opportunity to serve. Yesterday, a new President took the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of these United States. One of the surest sign he is doing that will be if his name is not in the news everyday. Joseph R. Biden, life-long public servant, is now the Public Servant-In-Chief. He lobbied and worked hard and long to get the position and how I hope with many of you that he will prove himself of use. He has a long and difficult road ahead, but he has a good working relationship with many who, I hope, will help him get the job done. Courage, Joe, being a real President can be a hard row to hoe at times.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

No Night So Long

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