to be courageous …

Imperative 8
To be courageous.

Courage is contagious. The defining moments of history have been immortalized because common men and women inspired others with their courage and together they all accomplished the seemingly impossible. No one and no thing must ever cause us to shirk our duty to a patient who relies on us to fight for him or her. In our private acts of courage, we inspire others who, in turn, will inspire still others to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

from Dr. Walter Hunter’s 12 Imperatives for Working with the Dying