#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The British spirit

The British are brave. When they talk about keeping a stiff upper lip, they mean it.
And they are back in the game–after One Day. That’s typical of them, you know. They faced down the Spanish Armada. They went to the cliffs of Dover in rowboats and saved countless Allied soldiers, stranded on the beach. They’ve slept in subways to avoid Nazi bombs and done without the most basic necessities without a whimper. They’ve seen whole neighborhoods leveled–imagine September 11, day after day, year after year. That’s what happened, during the Second World War. And even that didn’t keep them down, because they truly believe, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” A people who will not surrender to fear can never really be conquered.

The terrorists, meanwhile, huddle in their little dirty little hidy-holes, incomprehensibly proud of their cowardice. What spineless wonders they are.

By definition, terrorists seek to inspire terror. They want to undermine the British and American ways of life. The best way to fight them is to go right on being who we are, and doing what we do.

No matter what is going on in the outside world, fear is a choice, and so is courage.

Today, kiss your children. Play with your dogs. Revel in your good work. Be happy.

Oh, how the terrorists hate that we’re happy.

So let’s all get a little happier, and then happier still.

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