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This is America. We do not crumble. We do not cower in fear.

by Michael Morse, contributing writer

It is in the heat of battle where true heroes are born. People who, prior to being faced with insurmountable odds, never considered themselves particularly brave find within themselves the strength, determination, and courage to stand tall, dig deep, and get the job done.

This is America. We do not crumble. We do not grovel. We do not cower in fear. We face that which threatens to overcome with grit and determination. It is when the odds are against us that we shine.

Watershed moments are our specialty. Moments that in hindsight transform us, make us stronger, more cohesive and confident in each other’s strength and resilience are peppered throughout our history. We are experiencing one of those moments at this very instant.

A challenge unlike anything we have experienced is knocking at our door, and threatens the very health of our nation. Words are spoken, criticism abounds, plans are ridiculed and leadership questioned. Mistakes of the past are amplified, and fear of the future exploited. Yet through all of the rhetoric something intrinsic to that which makes us the proudest, most productive, and industrious place on earth in all of history shall emerge.

Action.

There are those among us who will take it upon themselves to be the strength that others aspire to, and through their actions momentum will follow, and what once seemed insurmountable will become manageable, and be handled to the best of our ability.

Make no mistake; our ability is infinite. Have faith people, this too shall pass, and we will be stronger for it.

A public service announcement from your friends at Rescuing Providence

The rule of “Neighborly Threes”

Who?

1. Three houses left
2. Three houses right
3. Across the street, to the left, to the right.

What?

1. Know their names
2. Say hello and give them your contact information
3. Be familiar with their routines.

Why?

1. Because they are your neighbors.
2. Because you are their neighbor.
3. Because life is better with good neighbors!

Why wait for good things to happen when the power to create positivity is within your grasp.

Michael Morse

Michael Morse spent 23 years as a firefighter/EMT with the Providence Fire Department before retiring in 2013 as Captain, Rescue Co. 5. He is an author of several books, most offering fellow firefighter/EMTs and the general population alike a poignant glimpse into one person’s journey through life, work and hope for the future. He is a Warwick resident.