On Easter Sunday, my son found a turtle. It spent most of the day with us, until evening, when we released it into the woods that border our home.
Initially, of course, the turtle remained in it's shell, barely peeking out. As time passed, however, it became bolder. A head emerged. Then two legs. Then two more. Eventually, he was slowly crawling around on our patio.
However, one quick move, one fallen shadow, one loud laugh and zip! He was gone, retreating back into his shell, sealed up completely.
"Why does he do that? Doesn't he like us?" My son would ask.
"He does it to feel safe," I'd respond. "It's his protection."
"Why don't we have shells?" He asked.
"Oh, Honey," I said, "We do. People have the thickest shells of all. You just can't see them."
And this is true. As human, we have shells that are more impenetrable than the walls of armored cars. We go into them for the same reason that my turtle friend did...protection. We can hide there. We don't have to reveal ourselves when we're tucked away inside of our shells.
One of the boldest things we'll ever do is to slowly emerge from them.