Over a year ago, I wrote a book called "The Faces of Courageous Children." In this book I wrote this short message to my readers:
The joy of writing comes in seeing a spark of inspiration become words on a page. As both a teacher and a writer, I find great pleasure in knowing that my life and work might inspire young minds, and they might inspire me in turn. Over many years, I have had the opportunity to teach remarkable children with inspiring stories of their own— accounts of great feats, overcoming odds, and saying no to adversity. The resilience and strength of my students when faced with challenges is nothing short of extraordinary. Their bravery prompted me to write this book.
Although the stories are completely fictional, the messages of courage and hope transcend their story-bound settings. The stories of tragedy, love, and triumph in The Faces of Courageous Children kindle deep emotions, perhaps even the ones I felt when my students shared their stories with me.
I believe that anyone can make a difference in this world. Whether your footprints are large or small, the impact you make is significant. Never be afraid to stand for what is right. Never be afraid to use your voice to affect change.
Chief among courageous acts is choosing to be yourself. In a world where everyone wants to be someone or something other than themselves, it takes great bravery to live out your purpose and be true to who you are. You do not need a cape or some magical power to be courageous. Use what you have.