Tuesday, January 16

“It is the role of a good person to do great and noble deeds, though they risk everything.”
— Plutarch, Greek philosopher

Today’s Excerpt:

What is something that makes you nervous?

Wisdom Story: A Boy of Courage
This tale comes from the Islamic tradition. The following is Uplift’s retelling of the story, in the vein of our wisdom library.

Once there was a boy named Salamah who was so fast he could outrun grown men and so talented with a bow and arrow he could shoot a pebble off a distant boulder.

One day he was practicing with his bow and arrow when he heard a commotion nearby — a team of bandits were in the process of stealing the prophet Muhammad’s camels.

Instead of running away, the boy decided to run nearer to the bandits. He hid behind a rock and shot arrows at them, stalling their efforts to steal.

The bandits turned toward where the arrows were coming from, and the boy took off in a flash, dashing for a tree, which he quickly climbed. From this vantage point, he shot his arrows at the bandits. His aim was so accurate, they didn’t dare get closer.

They were at a standstill. Just then, a group of the prophet’s defenders rode up to where the action was taking place, and the bandits took off.

From that day on, people celebrated the boy’s courage.

THIS WEEK’S LESSON

Courage