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Two kinds of real courage


I often find myself at odds with opinions included on the Op-Ed page in the Austin American-Statesman.  A few days ago I found two items that I found interesting, engaging, important, and worth sharing (in the extreme):

First, a tale of two local college students, living in shelters and demonstrating the “American spirit,” meeting adversity head-on and taking personal responsibility for making changes: 

Austin American-Statesman. 12/10/09
Dvorak: For homeless college students, each day is a test
Lewis and Wilson are both in their 20s, both college students and both homeless.   Their stories are remarkable and humbling in so many ways. They shatter our assumptions about who is homeless, and they put so many of our daily struggles in stark perspective.    More:  http://www.statesman.com/search/content/editorial/stories/2009/12/10/1210dvorak_edit.html

On the same day, there was a column about a young man surviving a beachhead in 1944 that many of his friends and cohorts did not.  He faced a soul-searching, life-saving decision hours later: 

Austin American-Statesman, 12/10/09
A clear view in the fog of war
“They went behind enemy lines and most of them didn’t make it out.  Tobin did, and he came back and raised a family and worked as a carpenter, and for some 40 years he didn’t collect the stack of medals the Army had waiting for him.   ”  More:  http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2009/112009epress.pdf

 The definition of courage:  facing life’s challenges, however difficult they appear, knowing that there is really no alternative.  These young people met that challenge — two in modern Austin, Texas, another in WW II France.  They all deserve our respect and support.

Take a minute today to give thanks for everyone around you who stands out daily, and who truly demonstrates the courage to change the world as they find it.

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About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.

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