Thursday, November 5, 2015

Captain Courageous

Courage is not the absence of Fear
But rather the Judgment that something else
Is more important than Fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

I have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing Gabriel Hurley since he was a very young man. Once upon a lifetime ago, Gabe and Suzanne were classmates at Our Lady of Mount Virgin School in Middlesex.  They graduated from eighth grade there together.  In spite of the fact that they would never attend the same school again, choosing different high schools and, thereafter, colleges, they have remained friends to this day.  Somewhere along the way, Gabe and Rob became great friends too and have, likewise, remained friends even as geography and adult obligations have removed them from one another's day-to-day.  

Gabriel Hurley is the most courageous person I know.  He is slightly less than half my age.  Yet he is someone to whom I look up.  At the risk of understatement, he is a remarkable man.  Truly remarkable. 

Today, it would serve you well if you would do yourself the great favor of spending three minutes and thirty-nine seconds watching and listening to Gabe.  It will, of course, serve you even better if - after watching and listening to Gabe yourself - you either invite others to do likewise or, if you prefer, you forward his message to them so that they may watch and listen to it on their own. 

DISCLAIMER:    There is more than one part of the video that you may find hard to watch due to the graphic imagery.  Before you talk yourself out of watching it, remember that you are simply watching it.  Gabe endured it.  

Gabe continues to endure it every day.  Hell, he does far more than simply endure.  He inspires.  Every day.  

In case you were unclear as to whether you have ever seen a hero, then take a look at Gabriel Hurley. You shall never wonder again.     


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