I am reminded often that in the middle of living an ordinary day, we can witness something extraordinary that will further enrich our own lives.  This was the case for me not so long ago, when I met someone who very clearly displayed the face of courage.  My new friend revealed a silent perserverance born of a great inner strength, a positive attitude and an unwavering, resilient spirit during a very difficult time.  We are fortunate to meet such individuals who have become gentle giants in our eyes because of their examples.  During our lifetime, many of us will encounter different trials, and some more arduous than others.  Our shining light and compass to guide us through such times, will be the true gift of courage, from those who have so bravely endured before us.