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A Revelation About a Very Great Person

Updated on October 31, 2015

Teacher, Profit, Healer, Son of God. Take your pick we butchered this hero.

Why do we treat the really good so badly?
Why do we treat the really good so badly? | Source

First let us talk about "household name" heroes.

My point here is going to be that we are sometimes pretty dumb in how we view heroes. One of my favorites is Mother Theresa. Imagine trying to help an infant that is not yours. Then think about having them die in your arms. Not enough! Get up and do it the next day. Let us maybe even weep a bit in admiration and thanks that we were blessed some how to have known of her.

But there are some people who want to tear her down for parts of her life. From administrative stuff to ecclesiastical stuff. A sinner? Who isn't? Lost in contemplation of her faith. Let us move on to something negative that people do just because.

Presidents of the United States of America. Really could you do a better job than a single president? Yet to a man we criticize them. Sometimes just because they are from a different party. Sometimes because they say nothing. Sometimes even because they are Catholic or Black. We listen to talking heads and nod in agreement. I am sorry to tell you this but that is crazy, you do not have 100th of the the data they make their decisions. It is nuts for Eric to think he knows better. It is like knowing more than a brain surgeon about inter hemisphere communication.

Sports are the greatest. We do not root for heroes on other teams. Or we argue stats claiming one is a bum and can't throw a ball or call a play. And most have never coached or played in the high school and higher up teams. I'll bet we cannot find .001 percent who have ever been smashed at 20 miles an hour by a rock of muscle. But we know all about it and blame losses on Monday. Most folk don't even know that about 15 hours of charity work a week is done by these heroes we denigrate.

Don't even get me started on how we treat cops and lawyers because the 2% bad ones make the news and have such dire consequences when they make split second decisions. And I refuse to remind you well of real heroes who save others in battles of war yet are treated like dogs when the return.

Alright enough of that. You get the point of how we honor big time heroes. Life riskers and those with tough enough skin to let the detractor lunacy roll right off.


Believe me there are enough heroes, we just have to lift them up.

Now the heroes we treat great on certain days.

Moms. And just what is there to say that has not been said before. I had a therapist once. She worked quite hard at ruining my childhood feelings. No really she did. Until I got a shrink who fired her. The feelings were real and real good. Did my momma make a couple of real doozey mistakes? You bet she did. And by golly jingles I was made better by it, because she loved me no matter what. Not all moms do that but you know darn well most do.

Dads. What in heavens name can make a man work two jobs to pay a mortgage and put food on the table and utilities running. How can he have such strong hands that love his children so gently? I know there are bad ones out there and I know not all have it tough, but most really care and want a better life for their children and will sacrifice to do it.

Service people. They get a non-livable wage in most cases and need kudos from customers, maybe even just to keep their jobs. Usually slowness is not their fault but a design to have too few workers and low pay to make money. Without them our system would not work and with them things can be done smoothly.

Common laborers. Hard work to make a living is just that, hard work. They try to get buy and are mostly honest. Many if not most try to do a good job for low pay. The build and clean things. They paint stuff and and trim stuff not always know where the next paycheck will come from. Week to week labor less than paycheck to paycheck just lookin for a little gratitude for a job well done.

Husband and wife. The just love each other. In sickness and in health, trying there best 'til death do they part and hopefully not too soon.

We know these people and we often remember that letting them know that they are good is a great part of life. We are a part of these people and we lend a hand when we can and we get thanks from time to time. These people deserve our respect.

And because I am a country boy who moved to the city we tip our hats to ladies and we say sir to men until told otherwise.

We have left so many everyday heroes out but you know them and I bet you take the time to let them know it.

But here I am just me.

And guess what? There you are just you. Or is that true?
And guess what? There you are just you. Or is that true? | Source

These folks are mainly just farmers in their fields. But they are family to me.

I am getting to that point about who we left out.
I am getting to that point about who we left out. | Source
That really is about a two to three hundred feet of falls in the upper end of the Grand Canyon - flash flood.
That really is about a two to three hundred feet of falls in the upper end of the Grand Canyon - flash flood. | Source

Do you believe in heroes?

Did I list your favorite heroes?

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Tell us who your favorite hero is and why.

There is a comment section down below. Fun stories or great stories will make me laugh and cry.

This is the hardest part of this article so stick with me please.

If we actually personally knew a super hero we would treat her with respect. If we saw an heroic action we would praise it. Maybe we would even give thanks and throw a parade or build a statue.

How about those folks that fight fires, they risk their lives for others. We support them as we can. How about medics in the field of battle, we try to honor them.

We have Mother's day and we have Father's day and grandparent days. We set aside time to honor teachers and express our gratitude. There are people that preach and we have days for them. We celebrate and make special our children's birthdays. Yes these are just "little" heroes. But there is no little hero when it comes to day in and day out doing the right thing.

There is no lessor hero than the man who tries his best to not cheat at anything. There are no none heroes when it comes to fully raising a child. The person who does her darndest to pay the bills and honor her commitments is not any less a hero than Superman who can do it with ease.

It is time we remember to honor you. You are my hero and I want you to honor yourself like a true hero. If you are reading this you struggled and learned to read. If you understand this you learned to read proficiently and think for yourself. For many of you this is ESL and you pushed even harder. And dare I say if you are bothering to read this you care enough to learn something that will not put money in your bank for you. Most who read this actually are quite skilled at writing themselves. You are awesome.

We tend to look at ourselves and think we do not measure up. We do to ourselves like we do the president and the quarterback. We criticize ourselves without examining the facts. I will bet a dollar to your penny that last year you donated your time, talents or money to something or someone.

And here is the last thing I will lay on you. You praised and lifted up someone. You are the wind beneath someone else's wings. And that someone may keep on flying and keep on living just because of you.

I include this for you to meditate on an angel singing it to you.

That revelation about a great person --

That person is you, may you know it in your heart.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Bronwen, a lesser friend would have just dropped by without leaving a note, much appreciated.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great hub! Everyone before me has already said it, but I certainly endorse all those comments. Bless you!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks a ton Venkatachari, How can it be that live a world away but are becoming such good friends? Live is filled with great folks, we are blessed.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Oh, my God! You are so wonderful, Eric! You put ordinary things so amazing and make us think over them with our hearts. You are one of my heroes and there are many in my life since birth till now.

      Thanks for these wonderful revelations.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, so many years later after her passing I can still here my mom calling me in for dinner and telling me to act like a man and act.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, that is a great song for a funeral. Hope things are going well now for you, from your last hub about weeds I'd say things are looking up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Reynold, I hear ya! And maybe a little more. He may just be a slob like one of us.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      AH! Come on Mel give a poor antagonistic mental provocateur a break. Thanks for always bring joy to my writing.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sparklea I think marriages where a spouse is not considered a hero are in trouble. Ones like yours are destined for eternal love.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      I just attended a service at it is perhaps strange that I have great respect as heroes of Jose Manuel Hatam a great chief but also for Junipero Serra so I attend that basilica. We live and learn.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Paula, be nice :-) Thanks for lightening things up.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, tears of joy and thankfulness. Awesome. And to be sure you share Bev with us, So I know that you know that she knows what a hero she is. She gave us you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I have several heroes, but here I name (not literally) my mother when I consider how many odds were against her, and the beautiful social and spiritual posture with which she survived. I'm still trying to be like her.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Such a heartfelt sharing, Eric.

      We are all blessed to know and be around heroes on a daily basis. And the kind words you say to us is humbling.

      At my Momma's memorial service, my daughter sang 'Wind Beneath My Wings"...she was truly the wind beneath the wings of many of us in our family.

      Have a lovely afternoon....Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Heroes and angels walk among us everyday. Many of them are teachers. Well done and fascinating article.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      Come on man, you're taking all the fun out of Monday morning quarterbacking. How can I improve my own fragile self esteem if you won't allow me to point the finger at others for my problems? I would say that my Mother is my hero, and you too, because you are the killjoy king who makes me think hard about some of my less than admirable qualities. Great words!

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      2 years ago from Upstate New York

      PS: Eric: some of the heroes in my life have been strangers, but my daily hero is my wonderful husband. I could write a full book on his attributes. God is good, He sends me angel people all the time when I am out and about. My husband is my live in angel.

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      2 years ago from Upstate New York

      fpherj48 LOL, LOL, LOL! LOVE your comment to billybuc! Hilarious!

    • Sparklea profile image


      2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Eric, YOU are one of my heroes. You have contributed over 600 hubs - a major accomplishment. You pour out your heart and your humor to share with your readers. I SO admire your genuine honesty, you do not dilly are not a plastic person you tell it like it is! This is a great write, and I, too, cannot stand the way people criticize those that we truly have no idea what goes on in their lives. Great examples, especially Mother Teresa.

      I have been very behind on the hubs (foot surgery, 'life' intrusions, and that silly clock that keeps laughing at me. But please keep those hubs coming.

      You are a treasure and truly one of my great heroes. God bless you always. Sparklea

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      2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well heck bro....just eat your own cooking. You'll be gone before anyone else!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, you had me tearing up, Eric. A hero in my life? Bev of course. Single mother of four, the kindest and most generous human being I know, and the one person who can bring happiness into any day that I'm determined to see gloom. Yep, she's my hero and I'd be lost without her. I sure hope I die before she does. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Always Exploring, you caused me to reflect on both my wife's and my second moms. Both our moms had 6 children. And both had to do it on their own for a while. My wife's mom because dad was sent to a concentration camp (they called it a re-education camp). And because they would take little children to "youth camps" if their dad's were in a camp she was sent in secrecy to her second mom for five years. Hooray for second moms. I do believe that would make for a nice article that needs to be told. Thank you for making sure they are included here.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann you just reminded me of one of my favorite versus that I should share, really just about half one. We find our leader pleading with followers to overlook what bad things were said of him and and lifting up those that stayed. "a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited." I now have come to realize that it is a recognition of those who help and love us even with our faults. "Hope your day is full of heroes!" Yes it will be, thank you for reminding me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, Thank you. And I do not say this enough, thank you for letting me know I mean something to you. This is our greatest source of earthly strength.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      How can I do justice in describing a hero in my life? Her name is Bea and she is my sister. She went to heaven in 2004. She was my second mother, her son Charles was my age. We were a poor family of twelve children raised on a watermelon farm in Indiana. She worked in a bar and helped me go to nursing school with her tips. I'm sure she was looked down on for working in a bar, but she was an angel here on earth. Every time I hear the song ' Wind beneath my wings ' I think of her. This was a beautiful message that brings to mind, pray for our leaders, help the needy and remember we all are in this life together. We can complain or work to make our world better. Thank God for a man like you. Thank you.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Wonderful words and great illustrations, Eric. You are definitely a hero too. I love that song 'Wind Beneath my Wings', it says so much so well.

      My heroes are the everyday people who do what they can often despite the odds against them. When our Queen's annual honours list comes around, I always look for the unknowns who give of themselves for the community; those are the ones who truly deserve it. I know some famous people do, but I often get the feeling that it's easier for them to do it; they have money and lots of help. I'm not decrying the fact that they do charity work though.

      Great hub, as always. You make us think hard about the world around us and that's what it's all about.

      Hope your day is full of heroes!


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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful hub and message Eric. Wind Beneath my Wings by the wonderful Bette Midler just echoed your message o perfectly. There are many true heroes in our lives, and I know you are one to many, including me. Cheers.


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