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Super Heroes In Today's Society

Updated on June 3, 2014

You know who they are; chances are you know a few yourself. They hover on the periphery of our sight, shadows overshadowed by the gaudy, the flamboyant and the more vocal.

They have no publicist! They are not sought out by motion picture studios nor do they have an agent. They get up each day and go about the business of living, and at the end of the day, usually bone-tired, they surrender to the seductive song of sleep. The next day they do it all over again, and again, and again.

Newspapers sing the praises of the fire fighters, the police, the EMT’s and others in highly-visible positions who reside in the bowels of danger and horror. We applaud our soldiers and rightfully so; we live vicariously through our sports heroes and marvel at their athletic prowess, and we ooh and awe when we see a movie star during a chance sighting.

Somehow these other heroes go unnoticed and perhaps that’s as it should be. Real heroes do not need, nor do they seek, attention and reward. Their acts of heroism are performed with no thoughts of accolades; their acts are fueled by humility and a sense of values that seem to be diminishing in today’s world.

I speak, of course, about the everyday heroes, and it is high time they receive some recognition.

WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? WHERE ARE THEY?

They are 5’4” and 6’3”. They have brown hair, blonde hair, blue and green eyes. They are overweight and skinny, slow-walkin’ and jive-talkin’. They are the girl next door and the guy so shy he seems to be in pain when his lips move. They live in Topeka, Bismark, Orlando and Sydney. They work in Bangor, upstate New York, West Yellowstone and Austin.

You can find them in Johannesburg, Lisbon, South Wales and New Dehli. Look closely and they may be standing next to you in Quebec City, Victoria, Rio or Dubai.

WHAT DO THEY DO FOR A LIVING?

Very talented folks they are. They bag your groceries, pump your gas, do maintenance at schools and replace your fuel pump. They drive the bus, fix your wiring, listen calmly to your complaints and weed your garden.

Glamour eludes them each and every day; fame is something other people experience. The best they can hope for is to stay healthy and productive during their working years and somehow have enough when work is done to relax and enjoy their remaining years.

WHO ARE THEY?

She is that single mother of three kids who is seemingly up every night taking care of colds and fears. She works a full-time job, barely pays the bills each month, and manages to make her kids feel like they are the most special creations on Earth.

He is that father of two who works a back-breaking job day in, day out, to provide for his family. He doesn’t really like his job, wishes he could find something that doesn’t wear him out so much, but knows he is needed and loved, and that gets him through each day.

She is the nurse who takes care of the ER patients. She sees them come, sees them go, each in pain with fear etched across their faces, and she provides the comfort they so desperately need. She remains calm and compassionate throughout her shift because she knows her patients need her, and that is the only motivation she needs.

He is the high school teacher who dispenses knowledge and wisdom to his students. Handcuffed by bureaucratic inefficiency, he still never loses sight of his goal, to prepare his kids for life beyond the classroom.

She is the abused child advocate who feels the pain in the children she deals with. It is her job to protect the innocent and her responsibilities weigh on her constantly; still, she is there every day, trying to find a way to save, comfort and protect.

He is the poet, the writer, the artist, the musician and the photographer who toils in obscurity for years, never hearing words of praise or a round of applause. He feeds his passion and in the process brings beauty into the world.

She is the latest economic statistic, out of work now for two years, broken, beaten down yet still struggling for a better life. Her compassion is intact, her humanity secure on a foundation poured decades ago during a simpler and happier time.

He is the struggling farmer, carrying on a tradition passed down for generations. Prices have been slashed, the weather is uncooperative, and his sanity is questioned, but still he works that soil daily and knows, in doing so, that he is continuing a noble tradition.

She is that Gulf War vet who can’t seem to find her place in the civilian world since her return. Nightmares haunt her day and night, and skills learned long ago do not translate into marketable skills today. Pride still in place, she volunteers where needed and holds the wolves at bay as best she can.

He is the Peace Corps volunteer, walking through a small town in Ghana, smiling at the children and spreading love to one person at a time. Two years of his life have been promised to this mission and he has no regrets because to him, this is what life is all about.

She is the abused who struggles with trust issues daily and yet is determined to find peace and happiness. There is tranquility of spirit all around her and yet it seems just out of her reach. Still she moves forward….always forward….hoping that someday, somehow, she will tighten her grip on a reality she can accept completely.

SO WHAT IS A HERO

Our old friend Webster tells us that a hero is “a man admired for his achievements andnoble qualities.” I think we can include women in that definition. Someone admired for their achievements and noble qualities; I propose to you without hesitation that heroes are all around us. They face challenges each and every day and they do so with integrity and humility. We do not read about them in the newspaper and a hero is fine with that, for fame and fortune are not their goals.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY?

Of course you can! They are here, there and everywhere, and they are the backbone of every society.

My dad was one! Five campaigns in Italy during WWII; worked twenty years in a sand & gravel pit to support his family. Never complained! Never!

My buddy Jim is one! Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago, he holds his head high, smiles at everyone he meets, and repeats his personal mantra daily….life is good!

My student Michelle is one! Born with Spina BifIda and wheelchair bound, this young lady has forged a life for herself and you will never see her without a smile on her face. She is now a high school counselor, dedicating her life to helping kids.

My friend Janice (not her real name) is one! Abused by her father, she has scratched and clawed her way through life, finally becoming a therapist so that she can help others.

My friend Debbie is one! A former drug addict, she survived several abusive relationships and now raises her lovely daughter as a single parent. Every single time I see her I celebrate the human spirit.

I have learned humility by being in their presence, and each day I thank God for the experience. They are the true heroes in my life!

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

We are many! Each unique and yet so very similar. The longer I live the more I am convinced that each of us has some hero-like qualities. We all face challenges. We all face hardships. We all encounter, during our lifetime, moments when we can rise above our basest of animal instincts and become angels of a higher calling.

It is at that time, when we answer that calling, that we become a hero in the truest sense of the word.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha logan!

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      Logan 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Absolutely, my pleasure. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      logan, that was a beautiful summation my new friend. With that kind of awareness you will do well. Thank you for sharing those thoughts.

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      Logan 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I truly admire your awareness and appreciation of the people around you. Their struggles, sacrifices, and the value of what they do. It is not hard to become infatuated with yourself and your own goals as I'm sure everyone knows, it is certainly evident in our culture, but there are beautiful things happening around us as well. Extraordinary things resulting from what we consider ordinary or menial deeds. I believe that altruism does exist and it is a thing to behold.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Graham and thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it is, Linda, and we need more of it. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Superb! It has all been said above, nothing I can add to it. Just keep 'em coming Bill. (Thanks for the mention elsewhere).

      Graham.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      What a wonderful hub! My parents are heroes, struggling for so many years with two children and almost no money. Did we have a great childhood, yes! Many people to heroic things and I think that doing something for another person without thinking about yourself, that is heroic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the comment Joe, and the reference.

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      Joe Wade 3 years ago

      (1st Nations so called hero's are the focus in this reply) , when it comes to recognition of who is or who is not a champion / hero of 1st Nations, people might want to consider, The Old Guard Is Alive and Well , http://jpwade.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/the-old-gua...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      NiaLee, it is my pleasure. Thank you for your kind words; I would have liked your brother very much.

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      NiaLee 3 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Billybuc, you made my day or more...thank you for reminding us of superheros of everyday... My brother I wrote about, Mamadou, used to help people get out of drug issues, rehabilitate people coming out of jail, make young people champions of wrestling... he was also a pillar of our family, he was the one I knew would fly to help me in any situation... Yes, one good deed a day from each and every of us will definitely change the world completely... thank you for this video too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      manatita, joy and peace to you my friend. Thank you for your friendship.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      A beautifully written and motivational piece. Joy and Peace to you both at this festive time

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, you are very welcome, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. Yes, there was a touch of anger in this; you are the only one to notice that...well done!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I don't know how and why I missed reading this excellent article about real heroes and heroines in our lives.

      This is very beautifully, yet powerfully written. I could feel the force, as well as anger, behind this message. (Yes, I did feel anger also at how the media projects a hero these days).

      I have to say this that I do think about real heroes and heroines of our lives a number of times, especially when reflecting on my 3 spans of joblessness / under-employment, the most recent one at in 2009/2010. Each time I found a much better opportunity later, but it was struggling through those periods of joblessness / under-employment that made me realize how many unsung heroes and heroines come forward to help people in their trying times, although there are some bandits and thugs who would like to loot whatever remains of you. Also, I was able to see many of those people working at tasks without complaining even though they were also under-employed.

      So thank you for reminding me again that I need to continually pay homage to those real heroes and heroines of my life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larael, thank you for the kind words. You are right of course and you stated it perfectly.

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      Larael 3 years ago

      Outstanding, amazing, humbling. Thank you, billybuc, for noticing and applauding the little guy. In our own way, we are all superheroes or superheroines to someone. I believe that's what makes the world so unique and special. Every single person shares experiences but every single one of us differs enormously. Thank you for sharing. Very well-written and honest. We need to say thank you to our heroes every now and again. They deserve so much more... Again, thanks for sharing! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rdsparrowriter, thank you so much! It is nice of you to visit me my friend.

      Have a wonderful week!

      bill

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      rdsparrowriter 4 years ago

      Hi Bill, how are you? This is very inspiring and I enjoyed reading it and learning something interesting :) Stay blessed! Voted up awesome and shared :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, I love my followers. So giving in their praise of me. Little do they know that I feed off of them and feel forever grateful for their support and friendship. You, Bobbi, and others like you are my heroes here on HubPages. Thank you.

      Have a great weekend!

      bill

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Billy,

      You need to install an elevator because you are so popular and I am tired when I land at the bottom. HA!

      I have many heroes and heroines as they taught me when life gives you the pits---plant a garden. If one leg hurts---drag it and keep going. I am a product of strong woman and they are my backbone of strength---not forgetting my Daddy of course. He was a good Christian man who gave his time to so many without concern for his own time.

      Thanks for writing this one---Billy,

      Your Friend,

      Bobbi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dennis, welcome to my site and thank you for your kind words. This has always been one of my favorite hubs because I think the message is so important.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub and I could not have said what you did any better. I voted up, awesome and interesting along with tweeting, liking and pinning. It is great to have someone recognize those individuals who seem to be forgotten when we talk of heroes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Mary, talk about heroes! The people you just described are incredible. I had a student with spina bifida....one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Never bitter, always loving....we are surrounded by people like that, and I agree with you about sports figures. One is not a hero because one can hit a fastball or catch a pass. How silly.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      The first thing that amazes me about this hub is that I missed it six months ago! In your usual, humble way, you have again pointed out what we need to often stop and think about, the real heroes in life. They are not "sports heroes", I'm sorry guys but I don't see them as heroes, not with the salary they get.

      I agree with you about the everyday heroes and the unsung heroes. Like Marlene I think anyone in the military is a hero. Just joining the military is a selfless act and as we well know can lead to real danger and death.

      Like you, I know many heroes. We had friends whose first son died of leukemia at age eight, their daughter was born with spina bifida, the father (our friend) was blown up in a garage accident surviving with scars and a damaged voice and yet, she is a nurse and they both work to help other people. These are the heroes we see everyday but sometimes overlook.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, this is one of my old ones, but it is one of my favorites, so thank you for appreciating it as much as I did. :) We all need affirmation from time to time.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Some things are just so beautiful that to put words to them would diminish their value. So, I will just say - awwwwwww mannnnn! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, at my age I like your comment about being a hero by getting out of bed. LOL Thanks for stopping by. I like the message in this hub and I think it's important for us all to realize. There is a little bit of hero in each of us.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      As an army brat and wife of an army veteran, I naturally think of military people as automatic heroes. But, you have written words that open up my eyes to see that there is a hero in all of us. By golly, on some days, just getting out of bed makes me a hero. This is a wonderful tribute, billybuc. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, a perfect example of what I am talking about. Thank you for sharing that my friend. I have a couple friends like Anthony and I am in awe of their selfless spirit and willingness to help friends. Great way for me to start my day; thank you!

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      As for heroes I want to start off with those who make life look easy.They contain the ability that others don't have and are willingly share their gift with the world.My neighbor is on the top of my list.His name is Anthony and for me it stands for Anything,needed,today,honest,outgoing,natural,yield.Meaning he will try anything.He finds a way to fix things when I or many other people are in need.He finds a way today to come over and help even though his life is very busy with two children and a wonderful wife.He is honest and tells you what he sees.Very outgoing and very likable.A natural at so many different things that I know nothing about.In the end the outcome that he manages to reach is promising and it works.After all is said and done he has pulled me out of a rough spot,times in trouble,things I couldn't fix.More times than I can count .So most of the time he leaves without me being able to help him for what he has done.I am always fascinated by the blessed outcome.So it is times like these that heroes come through and they live a normal life that others don't see. But I know what they mean to me.Thanx Anthony for helping me time and time again.Words can't repay the help that you have given me.I watch and learn and the heroes make everything right.I know my outcome would have been far different without his help.On with my day and living a life that I enjoy so much.Enjoy your day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On....well, that may be the nicest comment and compliment I have ever received on HP. A mere thank you doesn't seem enough. You just gave me affirmation that I was in need of today. I've been doubting my abilities as a writer. I think we all do at times, and the past few days have been my time. I keep thinking of the old writers who had no feedback at all. They would toil away for months, not knowing if what they were doing was good enough, and for many that doubt lingered for years as they waited to be discovered. At least on HubPages we receive instant feedback and we know someone out there is reading our words.

      You did an old man a great service today with your words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      When I read your hubs I get spine tingling chills.That is something someone else would get from a movie with the best actors that bring them an academy award.I read line after line and I find myself so involved and motivated. I feel deeply compelled to read more.I think crazy thoughts like I hope BillyBucs hub doesn't stop.I want to read on and then close my eyes and think.I hear words in my head like every favorite song I have ever heard.The words repeat all by themselves sharing life and love.Then again I know this is a hub but then again I know this is not any hub.It was well written and nurtured like a flower that blooms.I am speechless when it comes to thoughts that are so special and meaningful.They cloud my judgement and my emotions take over.How is it that other people don't see the wonders that you share here today .It was actually six months ago and it took me this long to find your hub.Great words and thoughts that take me into a place that is far from the earth that I know.It is like I am an astronaut deep into space I drift.I don't have the experience but I see the true joys in life that you transform in words so clear.I sit here enjoying your talent and skill.A quiet day that brings one more thrill.I sometimes lose my train of thought.I want to tell you and other hubbers what you have done.Bringing out the real heroes that are hidden and keep doing what they do best.Teaching others through the simplest actions and bringing out a world of joy!I have so many heroes I will come back to list.A hero is more than a special person to me it is a person who is everything to me.Thanx from the wonderful place in your heart where you find topics that generate peace and love like a candle that burns forever.Lighting day after day by someone different and yet when we see the light it is refreshing and such a beautiful sight.Keep up all the good work.I am so happy to follow and to choked up even to swallow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      brethodge, how refreshing to read a comment like yours. I love how appreciative you are for your parents, and how you understand the sacrifices they have made. Good for you my new friend, and thank you for your kind words about my writing. I look forward to knowing more about you through your writings.

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      brethodge 4 years ago from USA

      Great article, Bill! My dad is one of those everyday heroes that you speak of. He has been a meat department manager for 40 years now in a Piggly Wiggly supermarket. He has had 2 back operations and a couple on both knees from standing on concrete day after day and lifting 100+ pound boxes of meat over and over again. We never had a ton of money when I was growing up, but we never ever felt poor. My parents are wonderful people and they broke their backs to give my younger brother and I the most wonderful childhood anyone could have ever hoped for. My father is the most intelligent person I've ever known. He couldn't afford to go to college and by the time he was 20 I came along so he didn't have the chance. He and my mother did manage somehow to put me through college, though, and now I have a better life because of them. I know all about everyday heroes, Bill, and I think you very much for your hub because it makes me think of how great my mom and dad are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I totally agree, obviously. Some of the greatest people I have known have been everyday, normal people who do extraordinary things. Thank you!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very well put. It is good to be reminded of the hero's who surround us on a daily basis. They don't wear magic cape's, nor do they need masks; for they are the invisible, the unknown who walk among us performing the most amazing feat imaginable. Living!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, it is my pleasure, and thank you for sharing about your mother. I was surrounded by everyday heroes growing up; now that I am older I realize just how incredible they were.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Great idea for a hub, and of course so well written. My personal hero is my mom, I am sure many of us would say the same thing though. I will always cherish her for the years she had to put up with my father, for working very hard her entire life, for being able to enjoy simple things, without having money, and raising two kids the best she could, without any help. I will always be amazed by how she did it. Thank you for a beautiful hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pink! Good to see you again!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome hub here!! I agree, the super heroes are the ones least acknowledged!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurinzo, I share in your prayer. Thank you so much and Happy New Year to you!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Very important and well wrtitten hub billybuc, a.k.a. Superman!

      Thank you for writing this one... and it is very appropriate to share at the approaching of the New Year. I pray that more heroes are born.

      God bless!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, thank you! As long as there are people around like you who believe in core values, I feel pretty good about our chances as a civilization.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Very fun and touching read Bill. I can honestly say that I know so many of these. They probably wouldn't count themselves in those ranks but that's not the point. It's what we see in them, not always what they see in themselves. I pray a lot that this trait won't leave. I keep hearing stories now in America especially that people will walk by someone getting beaten in the streets......or run over by a car and someone won't stop to help. We have to fight to not lose our core values as human beings. Really thought-provoking. Voting up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lindsay, welcome to my site and thank you for the follow. I look forward to reading some of your work.

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      Article Writer 4 years ago from Philippines

      thank you for this article, i was reminded that there are a lot of heroes around me, and i must admit.. its true... thank..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, thank you lone77star! My focus improved greatly six years ago. It's still not crystal clear, but it's improving. Interesting you should mention ego....as I move closer to humility my focus improves. :)

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      Rod Martin Jr 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I absolutely love this piece. We each have within us the makings of a hero, but too often ego stands in the way.

      For too many years, my focus has been on ego -- struggling against it -- but recently I've learned that focus only strengthens the thing. That's why your tour de force on Heroes is so potent. The focus is breathtakingly uplifting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jengrace, thank you! I am inspired daily by those around me.

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      Jen Hodges 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      Beautiful, thought-provoking, and completely true!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      R Scott, thank you! Humility has been elusive for me until six years ago. I learned it quickly then. :)

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      Scott Roakes 4 years ago from Bridgton,Maine

      Well written and thought provoking. I recall on line in particular "I have learned humility by being in their presence " this rings so very true to me Billy. I look forward to many more. Thanks !

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and Peace be with you, Bruce! Thanks again. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I'm glad you found this one; this is one of my favorites. I don't know about you, but there are some hubs I just can't get excited about, or feel all that great about. This one made me happy!

      You are a good man, Bruce, and I am honored to call myself your friend.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      This is great Bill,

      I saw a number of people in my life differently because of this piece. Yes, I have my heroes, some of which were and are unsung. When you dig deep, you are right. There is a little hero in all of us. The question is, are we willing to let that hero surface? Are we willing to pay the price of humility and nobility?

      Thanks for reminding me that those men and women who taught and coached me through my earlier years while sacrificing their time and resources were actually heroes in disguise that only now are beginning to get their just due!

      Take care my friend!

      Peace be with you!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      This is great Bill,

      I saw a number of people in my life differently because of this piece. Yes, I have my heroes, some of which are were and are unsung. But when you dig deep, you are right. There is a little hero in all of us. The question is, are we willing to let that hero surface? Are we willing to pay the price of humility and nobility?

      Thanks for reminding me that those men and women who taught and coached me through my earlier years while sacrificing their time and resources were actually heroes in disguise that only now are beginning to get their just due!

      Take care my friend!

      Peace be with you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Theresa, thank you so much! Your comment has brought tears to my eyes, and that is a wonderful gift my friend. I love writing, and I have this strong desire to somehow make a difference with my writing; to receive praise such as this validates it all for me.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you for this gift.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Billy - How do I keep missing some of your best essays? Guess I will have to take early retirement. :) In your very kind comments to me and others you have occasionally mentioned that you don't and can't write poetry.

      I think your great gift is something better, poetic prose. Prose that makes us laugh, that encourages us, that makes us think, that challenges our preconceptions, that calls us to reconsider, that makes us weep...what a gift. And you wear it well, with humility and generosity of spirit.

      In the middle of many tears, I write to thank you for who you are and what you do. Blessings. ~~Theresa

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I love that! Perfectly stated my friend. Thank you for that addition to the discussion, and have a great weekend.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      So true, I often ask my students.

      'Who is the most important. A garbage truck worker of a doctor'

      They usually say the doctor. I then ask them how often they see the doctor.

      They answer, rarely if ever.

      I then ask how often do you see the garbage man? Every week they reply.

      I remind them that the reason they never see the doctor is because the garbage man keeps the place clean and habitable.

      So who is most important?

      Excellent hub Bill 4/5 and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tips, it's interesting, but when there is a disaster, we tend to see the best in people. Ordinary people helping their neighbors, often people they would never even acknowledge under normal conditions. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by my friend.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Very well presented Bill. I think that each of us are heroes in our own way, as we all have admirable qualities and all tend to help each other in a pinch. My definition was different from the one you presented as well. I think a hero has to do something outside of themselves - have to think about the team and sacrifice something (their time, energy) to do something for someone else. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, great comment and perspective. I really like that definition. :) Thank you!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I always thought of a hero as someone who does something despite their overwhelming fear of it. So to me, a firefighter or a motivational speaker who are simply doing their jobs are not heroes. However, a firefighter who gets in front of an audience to speak, despite his fear of public speaking, or a motivational speaker, who puts out a fire, despite having no experience with it, are heroes. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, that's how I feel about teaching. I'm glad they never knew that I would have done it for free! :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Aw Billy, you do know how to make a lady smile. I feel like I was blessed to have spent my long career working with many dedicated and caring co-workers.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, you were a nurse....talk about heroes!!!! Nurses are the unsung heroes of hospitals and always will be. Bless you my friend; I hate to think of patient care without nurses and caregivers. :)

      Thank you as always, and Hub Hugs right back atcha!

      bill

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Billy,

      What a dose of inspiration, wisdom and truth.

      I agree that there are heroes all around us. All we have to do is to look for them and we will see the types of people that you've written about in this beautiful hub.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, it is my pleasure, and thank you for being so kind as to stop by and visit.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      How true you are Billy! Heroes are all the beautiful people among us and they truly deserve our appreciation :)

      thanks a lot and congrats for this wonderful hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Adrienne, thank you so much! I really appreciate the kind words. Do any of us writers ever feel as though we are good or talented? I struggle with that on a regular basis; I am my own worst critic I'm afraid, but positive reinforcement like this makes me feel better about my writing. Thank you again!

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      Adrienne F Manson 4 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Billy, You are a very talented writer. I went to your profile page and saw this article in your spotlight section. This really is an execellent piece of writing. Your title is thought provoking, and engages the reader to want to read more about the human experience everyday heroes. I voted up and awesome! p.s. the pics are great : )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, I completely agree with you! Those who work in service and unselfish and giving day in and day out. Thank you my friend; I always appreciate your visits.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hypenbird, what a great example! Exactly what I was writing about! It is that unselfish giving of self that makes humanity so wonderful. Bless you my friend and thank you!

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      People who invest in children's lives are heroes! Teachers, mentors, foster parents, adoptive parents, counselors, social workers, and even just adults who take the time to encourage a child or say something positive to uplift the child, are all heroes in my book!

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hi Billy. You are so right. Heroes walk among us and so many are never acknowledged. Here in America millions of people adore Hollywood stars and athletes while those you mentioned are looked upon with scorn. I myself felt like a hero the other day. I have been a blood donor for years and recently do so though the time was not convenient. Two days ago a woman I met told me her tiny 9 month old grandbaby, Natalie Grace, has leukemia and had to have a blood transfusion. I immediately realized my own blood may have saved that child's life. Yes, let us seek out the Everyday Hero and even become one. I so appreciate this inspiring Hub today. Thank you and bless you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And it's nice to have you visit, Sandy! Thank you!

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice to read about everyday heroes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Peggy! I am constantly amazed by the good, solid people that I see daily.....displays of character and humility.....it really does warm my heart.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh Billy! This needs to be shared and that I will do! You have showcased the many unsung heroes that exist all around us who will never get newspaper or television time...but do their jobs with dignity and impact lives for the better on a daily basis. Beautiful...just beautiful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pink! I appreciate that!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub, i really enjoyed reading this!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Agusfanani, what an incredible act of love from your mother! Thank you for sharing that very personal recollection.

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      An amazing hub. Yes, there are heroes around us and my mother is one of them. I still remember when she sold her jewelry and use the money to pay my university tuition and that was only one of her kindnesses she did for me and the whole family, I think I'll be never be like today without her.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you Vix! The little guy just isn't sexy enough to get press time in this country. How's that for injustice?

      Thank you kind lady!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      As per usual, you are correct again. How true that the best among us go unnoticed and leave it up to you to point it out. You really are the voice of the little guy in so many ways. I very much enjoyed the positive light shed on the normal Joe that doesn't get much play. God bless!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, nicely stated. It is sad at funerals...all the things that could have been said when that person was alive. Lessons to learn my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thinking about how our everyday heroes don't get more credit, isn't it sad that when a person dies, all kinds of wonderful things are said about them at their funeral, but they are not present to hear it? It's so important that we write that Thank you note, tell that person how much they mean to us, what we admire about them, recognize their incredible strengths, and give them the pat on the back while they are still with us.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      g-girl, there are so many people out there who do not believe they have superhero in them. Their self-esteem is so low it is beyond their belief that it could even be possible. Loved your hub and thank you!

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      g-girl11 5 years ago

      Why don't everday heroes get more credit? It's too bad that we don't recognize those who just do the right thing. Where would our world be without them?? Sorry about your bud--alzheimer's is a terrible thing. My hub "The Superhero Within" has a slightly different message in that it is more about channeling a superhero persona within you. Thanks for sharing this important !

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dianna! There are some hubs I just feel more than others....this was one of them.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Bill, love the superhero series you are writing. Those photos get a person pumped! Heroes are our everyday people who just reach out to others because they care. Great write on this and so touching.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Again, shruti, thank you! I just try to see the truth and speak about it.

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      You are such a wonderful person billybuc... Your topics very clearly portray this!

      It is a pleasure to know you and i shall keep reading your hubs :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, your words are true but for many, oh so hard to swallow. I have a small group of friends here in town but those I do have have their heads on straight. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy my dear, it is always nice to see you....I wonder what you have been up to? I need to visit you shortly...have a great weekend......and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samnasy, thank you and thank you for the follow! I am always happy to increase my list of friends.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      'slow-walkin’ and jive-talkin’...

      Bill, this hub gave me goosebumps - and kept them there until the end! You are soooo right - these heroes are everywhere and most do not recognize or acknowledge! i do try to ferret out those quiet heroes, and have much more respect than i do for most of..the other type - the media/attention whore heroes! I like to give recognition where it's due - not where the most cameras are trained or the most money is spent..

      The difficulty comes in when society is hammered by a media and leadership who's priorities are twisted by greed and ratings - and places like 'hollow-wood' and 'washington' are actually taken seriously..