If we would admit it, most of us have had to make some really hard choices while staying true to ourselves at the same time!
I remember something that John Wayne said about doing what needs to be done..."Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway."
This is as good example of that as anything I have ever seen!
Oct 12, 1945:
Conscientious objector wins Medal of Honor
Private First Class Desmond T. Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman, the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the nation's highest military award.
When called on by his country to fight in World War II, Doss, a dedicated pacifist, registered as a conscientious objector. Eventually sent to the Pacific theater of war as a medical corpsman, Doss voluntarily put his life in the utmost peril during the bloody battle for Okinawa, saving dozens of lives well beyond the call of duty.
Without using a weapon, without violating his own standards, without selling out...this man stepped up and did what needed to be done. He was aware of the danger, was not acting in anger, and not doing what he did for any other reason other than the fact that it needed to be done!
That, in my opinion, makes him a true hero!
Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside on the patio.