Introverts at the Shelter: Exhausted by Humanity? Spend a day with shelter dogs! If you’re a shy person looking for something to do, have I got an idea for you! My daughter and I have been volunteering at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (sfhumanesociety.org) for a few years now. It’s important to state right at […]
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Being a firefighter has taught me about bravery. Not just heroic bravery, the racing into a burning house to save someone, but everyday bravery. Everyday bravery is the individual caring for a parent with dementia, a mom struggling with a son who is addicted to heroin, passerby’s stopping and helping us at a brutal crash. Everyday bravery is also living the life you want to live and being who you want to be.
The following essays are from what I’ve learned about bravery, toughness, and resilience.
Fighting fires is a metaphor for solving problems. As a First Responder, you soon learn the pager going off means that someone has a problem they cannot solve. Second, as long as there are humans there will be problems, people will need help. Next, the pager will tone out when you least expect it. As you can see, this is just like life; there are always problems, there are problems we cannot solve without help and problems come at us unexpectedly. Small, big and tragic; solving problems is what living is about.
These are essays about the problems we face as firefighters.