Surrender Is an Active Verb

“Surrender” by Bhumika.B. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Surrender is a word soaked with negative connotations. To surrender is to be weak. You surrender when you have no more will to fight, when you lack strength, when you lack belief. Surrendering can seem like a character flaw, especially in victory-at-any-cost America. Never surrender, never give up. Persist, resist, insist.

But surrendering isn’t necessarily about giving up, or weakness, or passivity. The act of…