Every workday I ride the Washington DC metro rail system. I live at the end of a line, and I often see the same faces on this 50-minute commute to and from Capitol Hill. Earlier this week, I felt emotionally and spiritually closer to my fellow riders than I ever had before. Here’s why:
As I was walking away from the metro station, I passed a giant sign that hadn’t been there that morning. The sign said in big, bold letters, “I wish I had the courage to…” Beneath those words were hundreds of slots where people could write their responses.
“I wish I had the courage to let go of the past.”
“I wish I had the courage to lead.”
“I wish I had the courage to not be stressed out.”
“I wish I had the courage to stop racism.”
“I wish I had the courage to talk to girls.”
As I looked over the responses, my eyes began tearing up. I thought about my fellow metro riders, the ones who had written these desires, and I thought about our similarities. They like me have fears, and they have things they wish they could change about themselves and the world. I’ve always known this is the case, but I think seeing the vulnerable admittance of their fears made me feel so much more connected to these individuals.
What truly touched my heart was the response in the very first slot on this mural, which said, “I wish I had the courage to live the teachings of Jesus Christ.” Wow. Powerful.
I thought it fitting that the very first slot recognized and reverenced the Savior. For it is through Christ and following His teachings that true courage is found.
I admire and appreciate the vulnerability of these individuals, and I wish I had the courage to write on the mural.
p.s. Here's one of my favorite videos about courage...
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