As you know from reading these articles I deal with the subject of courage, valor and other strength imparting words. As I walked through our rather small TV area the other day, I noticed Mrs. Lilly had left the TV on for the sake of the dogs. An old movie was playing featuring the courageous Icon of tough Americans, John Wayne, in his grand film, True Grit.
The word Grit set me to thinking, partly due to my cousin, Mel Branham’s remark that if I ran for the presidency of our Monacan Tribe my Lakota name would most likely be, Chief Running Scared! My cousin really admires me. Here are a few insights from Father Webster on Grit:
Grit: firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage. usually blends strength, mental firmness, and a hard or indomitable endurance of deprivation or distress.
“The foot soldier will still have to advance against strongly entrenched and fanatical troops, through sheer grit and fighting skill.” Harry S. Truman. Webster.
From Google I found this info on Harry S. Truman: “Although he struggled to succeed on the farm and in business, Harry S. Truman found success in the military. Starting from the rank of Private in the National Guard of Missouri, Truman left military service 37 years later as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Officers' Reserve Corps. On active duty during the First World War, Captain Truman excelled as the commanding officer of a field artillery battery. His intelligence, practical experience, and work ethic proved invaluable. "
I add that President Truman demonstrated fortitude, or in my preferred vernacular, True Grit on August 6, 1945 at Hiroshima, making a wise military decision rather than running scared for political reasons! They called him, “Give em Hell Harry” for a reason!
To get these lines I had to check “grit” and then “fortitude”, but the trip was worth it and one of the smartest investments I have made over my 75 years is the online version of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. It really has a lot of words.
In our day many people ignorantly think True Grit emanates from clothing, or boots, even group colors. All such is in reality a false bravado.
Of all the groups on earth, one above all others should have, and demonstrate, Genuine Fortitude, True Grit. Here’s one reason why:
“If you have Jesus on the inside, you can stand whatever happens on the outside.”
You would have to know Carroll to understand the “true grit” of the statement.
Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
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