Koan #20

The fearless hero
is a loving child.

With the courage of a hero and the innocent, loving heart of a child, one can meet the challenges of life fearlessly, yet not yield to cynicism or defensiveness.

We can be polished up by life, rather than being ground down by it. Often we defend ourselves against life by projecting a hard exterior; but the true heroes’ strength lies in their compassion and sincerity, not in their armor.