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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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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Wonderful Bill, simply and perfectly wonderful.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Now I feel like a hero this morning... actually I wanted to fly like superman and used to jump from our roof (I was 7), making sure a sandy hill was down there, ready to proves us wrong. Your examples are vivid and well written. My prayers for your dad! You are a hubber hero, feeding the masses after 10 a.m. E.S.T. Thanks for the inspiration... now I gotta look for that cape, I left on the attic 40 years ago... Is not a plane, is not a bird. Is Billy coming to give us food for thought. Great heroes yoyu mentioned for sure! Sorry Hollywood, these heroes won't take your scripts. They are real!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeff, thank you! I appreciate all you said in a few words.....the mark of a good writer by the way.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I could not have said it better myself. I myself know a few heroes in this world and the first I thought of is my kid brother. He has always had so much patience and would do anything for anyone. When my daughter was sick last week, he dropped everything to help me take her to the doctor and messaged me over and over from work the next day worrying about her. He single handedly made my other daughter's birthday cake and decorated it himself (Hello Kitty). That is just the tip of the iceberg with my brother, but truly I never met a more selfless person in my life and am honored to call him my brother. Thanks for writing this about all the unsung heroes out there. Have voted and shared too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I will take the heroes I know any day over the ones on the silver screen or at ballparks....these people matter and make a huge difference. I would be honored to know your brother, as I am to know you.

      Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I always look forward to your comments. Let me know if you find that cape; I'll have the EMT's standing by.

      Thank you buddy and again, congrats on that Hubbie Award.....YOU DA MAN!

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for another inspirational hub! Often celebrities do heroic things solely for the purpose of promoting their careers. The true heroes rarely get publicity and I am happy to have encountered a few. We all need a story like this to stay positive! voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthylife, I echo your words....we can all be heroes if we choose.....

      Thank you my friend and have a lovely day!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I wanted to wish you a big Congratulations for your Hubbie award.

      This piece is a perfect example of why you were selected.

      My parents were the first heroes I ever knew but have met so many along life's journey.

      Bless you for including the ER nurse. As I teach nurses of all specialties, each one is a hero in my book. The ER nurse ( many others) risk their SAFETY every day, as patients and families come in with weapons, in various states of disinhibition at any hour of the day. I pray that each of my students has an accompanying guardian angel to get through each shift safely.

      This is a beautiful piece. Thank you. Voted UP and UABI.

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      So well said - we too often fail to appreciate the light that shines out from everyday people and the people closest to us. Voted Up and awesome!

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      There is a saying- "Be a man of values rather than man of success". This hub has the undercurrent of the aforementioned saying. When I was reading this I remembered the people in my life who have been heroes- my mom, sister, a few of my friends. The way they have handled certain situations in life, really make them heroes. They are very far from glamour, glory or fame as you mentioned. Such humility makes them special and extraordinary.

      You should write a book on such topics (something like- chicken curry for the soul. )

      Very soulful writing!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Walking the streets in hidden silence

      The day blends with eternity

      A smile, a word, a touch

      The torch of spirit and love leading the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      marcoujor, thank you so much! The awards were unexpected and I am humbled by them. As for nurses....God bless them all. They are the ones who provide comfort in the hospital....they are the foot soldiers in the first against illness.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you mperrottet; this one held special meaning to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, thank you; I do much prefer this type of writing rather than evergreen....just wish someone was willing to buy it. LOL....I'm happy that you enjoyed this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always love, Mark......love that poem and it says it all, doesn't it?

      Thank you buddy!

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

      Thanks Billy for reminding us that heroes are all around us and have played significant roles in our lives. My heroes are my parents, and two single missionary ladies that I grew up next door to. My parents got on a ship in New York back in 1967 with 4 small children, headed for France where they studied French for one year. Then they headed to Ivory Coast, West Africa where they tirelessly served their fellow man-giving out medicines, visiting in the hospitals, giving out food, and many other tasks. Of course they preached about God's love, but they put actions to their words. My two "aunties" who lived next door took me along to the sewing, nutrition and craft classes they taught to women in the poorest areas of Abidjan. They took me with them to visit the sick in the hospitals. They invited me to their apartment for movies and popcorn, and listened to my teenage doubts and confusion. Most of all they taught me to care about human beings who are all worthy of respect and love. So Ed and Greta Pinkston, Aunt Wilma and Aunt Estelle are my real life heroes.

      Thanks for prompting me to think back to my childhood about those special people who took time to care.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Very inspiring Hub Bill. You remind us that heroes are all around us, although they may not look like the literary concept of a hero.

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      Pete 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many people being heroic in so many ways are so often unnoticed, and yet these same people often don't consider themselves heroes and that is exactly why they are.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Actually, the garbage collector is my hero. If he didn't visit every week, no one could smell the roses!

      Another great hub, my friend. Too often, the little guy is pushed aside to make way for "HEADLINE NEWS" individuals. Perhaps if more recognition were given to the others, a greater satisfaction in doing the task could be a cherished reward.

      Has anyone ever told you, "I like the way you think?" Great Job!

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      Billy, thanks. I needed to read this today.

      I'm choked up, a little.

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      Bill

      Certainly not my morning laugh, but very inspirational. We need to be reminded of the value of each and every person as they are really the "wheels" that keep it all going. I watch the politicians on tv talk about how much our military men and women and our vets mean to the country only to watch a news special showing how returning vets have been treated like a used piece of garbage. All you get from our leaders is a bunch of "doublespeak". You always find a way to bring into focus, everyday things we tend to forget. They may take everything else from us but they will never get our spirit.

      Congrats on the hubber award, it's well deserved.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, I think sometimes the real heroes get no credit because they seek none.

      Thank you Sir!

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      poojasd7 4 years ago from India

      Bill, you should go ahead in publishing the books. People connect to your writing.

      I haven't been very frequent in hub-world these days. I just happened to read the above comments. You got a Hub-Award? Wow! That's great. The Hub-veteran like you deserve it. Congrats :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      petenali, that is exactly the point...they never consider themselves heroes.

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Richard, you are the first today to say that! :) Thank you my friend; I like your mention of finding greater satisfaction in doing a task.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I have to agree with rcrumple above. I love the garbage man, his name is Jim and we appreciate him.

      The single mom you mentioned reminds me of my mom. Struggling to make ends meet, but not letting on to us kids. We had it good because of her.

      My husband is a soldier and hates to be recognized, but he is the finest leader and team player I know. He cared more about his people than he ever cared about politics, policy, or his position. He'd fight to the end to take care of them and taught them how to take care of others. He will give you the shirt off his back and you'd never guess it by looking at his stoic face. He's saved lots of people and animals from the cold and rain. In Iraq, he made sure the children got what he could scrounge up for them... He's my hero.

      Students are heroes too. The ones who have been taught empathy, are those who are heading the food drives or helping the gangley freshman to his class.

      To those struggling writers and poets who aren't getting recognition, they need to join Hubpages so they can run into heroes like Bill Holland who seems to have time for everyone.

      Great hub!! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, you are very welcome, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, thank you so much.....I guess my hubs are my way of focusing on what is important in my life...a reminder for myself.....and I love your last line about never taking our spirit.

      I'll have some humor for you in the next hub....I promise. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pooja, thank you! I don't feel like a veteran; after only seven months I still feel like a rookie!

      I will write that book someday....soon hopefully! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Susan, thank you! I sounds to me like you have one heck of a husband.....not to mention the garbage man. Wow.....you are one luck woman. :)

      I like your inclusion of students with empathy....so important in this world of ours.

      You are kind and I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      debbie, I would say you have some great everyday heroes....what fantastic role models!

      Thank you for sharing them with me; I wish I had known them.

      bill

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Pretty cool Bill - I've met some really fabulous people like that. Just everyday heroes who live and walk amongst us. It's a shame people don't pay closer attention because heroes are everywhere!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, Brilliantly done once again. yes this world is full of heroes most of them goes about their business quietly, making this world a much better place. My friend who died recently was one such hero he had the ability to touch the hearts of everyone he met, he would do anything for the people around him, he went above and beyond the call of duty, and sometime we never get the chance to say thank you.

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      In a world of "reality tv" we it's good to read tributes like this Bill, here's to the real heroes of real life! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, they are all around us for sure; every parent who loves their child and sacrifices for them is a hero in my book...as are you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tobusiness, I love to hear about people like your friend...they are the people who really make this world a better place. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pete, don't even get me started on reality tv....I will not watch it.....and still to this day I am amazed by how popular those shows are. Sigh! Thanks buddy!

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I love your hub and your video, I think more and more people are beginning to have their eyes opened to who are the real heroes and what are the real treasures in life.

      It is funny when you lose things that you thought you couldn't live without how it opens your eyes to what is really important.

      I know in my own case losing a house and business has actually been a really freeing and life enhancing experience much to my surprise.

      I have also found like you that my happiness is not dependant on what I own.

      In fact I would go as far as saying that it was my possessions that owned me rather than the other way around :-)

      Great hub wonderfully written an inspiration to read and a joy to live voting up and hitting buttons on my way out :D

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I love reading your hubs because you say so many of the things that need to be said. I agree that the main heroes are the ones unseen. Thanks for paying tribute to those fine people. Voted up, interesting, and useful, and shared! Kelley

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Bill, another unique and true to life hub. Yes, we should appreciate the ordinary, everyday hero.......he needs a bit of recognition, you know!! Well said, voted way up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maggs, as you may or may not know, I lost my house and business....and I don't miss them at all. Once you wrap your brain around the fact that none of it is necessary or important, then true freedom is yours. I love hearing stories and reading comments like yours. It is nice to have kindred spirits.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I was just thinking the other day what a wonderful HP representative you are. I can always count on your stopping by with a generous comment. I appreciate you greatly Kelley, and I just want you to know that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I know indeed! Thanks my friend; I can always count on you stopping by.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Beautiful job. I loved it...I have long struggled to understand the "godlike" status of sport's athletes, when there are millions of people living a hard life putting in hours of labor for very little reward. THOSE are the heroes!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I have become terribly turned off by pro athletes and celebrities.....and let me toss in reality shows while I'm at it.....there is nothing real about any of it.

      Thank you my dear; I need to read your latest, which I was going to do yesterday and then forgot.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful hub, Bill. We can always count on you to remind us of the beauty and bravery around us. Too often we get wrapped up in our own lives or the morbitity the media insists on spreading.

      Yes, we are surrounded by heroes every day. In fact, we are all heroes to someone for some reason!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, your last sentence says it all. We all have an important impact on those around us....the trick is to be a positive impace. Thanks buddy!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Bang on! A friend of mine used to care for the elderly but her meagre salary and hours were cut down so she couldn't afford to live. She has now taken on a job as a cleaner that pays more than her carework! In fact the cleaning job pays more than some nurses are paid. What the hell is going on? Ignorant thugs (footballers) can be cleared of racism charges and carry on to earn more in a day than many would earn in a year! It makes me so angry. Gggrrrrrrr! Sorry Bill! Rant over!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      Truly inspirational! Unfortunately these heroes you mention do not get enough publicity and mention, although well deserving. These heroes are the people who sacrificially take up their time to devote it to others. That is by far, greater than anything these "heroes" people look up to these days. It is the simple things people do with love and compassion that make them great, in my opinion. I have had some heroes in my life. My brother, for one, always being there for me. And my best friend from college, who although a comedic riot, is always asking me how I am doing and what he can do to help me out. Now he is an unsung hero worthy of praise and acclamation!

      Thanks for this uplifting hub Uncle Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara, I am just thrilled to see you drop by...is this on your new laptop perhaps?

      It is always wonderful to hear from you and about your rant....you are oh so correct! I grow weary of the salaries paid for false heroes....so my writing is for the real ones.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      Not much I can say Bill other than what a wonderful and inspirational hub… again! I have encountered more than a few of these heroes in my life and I am much the richer for it. I’m glad I met one again quite recently and he puts a smile on my face and a skip in my step daily. You might know him by the way… he lives in Olympia, Washington and goes by the pseudonym billybuc?? Always a pleasure to read your work Bill. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, if I do those things for you then I am the one who is grateful. That is why I write, to make a human connection with readers. I have been blessed by meeting people like you who have opened up my world and entered my heart. You are a dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, it is my pleasure! I'm just trying to open up the minds of those around me and make them think of the basic joys in life. I appreciate you visiting; you are always uplifting in your comments.

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I voted up. Rock on!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Integrity, thank you Sir!

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      Tara Carbery 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Hi Bill, yes! This is on my shiny new laptop! I'm well chuffed with it! Life is good.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tara, love to hear it!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Well, my friend, it seems that "heroes" are on the mind. :D Another inspirational read - I'm definitely feeling inspired today. Hubhugs to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yep, a coincidence and yet pre-ordained because great minds think alike. :) Thanks lil' Sis!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Hero, Billybuc?

      I have mentioned somewhere that Jet Li once said that he was not a hero. He knew a herbalist who experimented on himself with thousands of herbs, risking his own life in order to help others. He called him a hero.

      We will all create hero's. It is impossible not to. It may be a Christ or Krishna or a Mohammad Ali or Mandela. It may even be our son or mother or the old granny on TV who has just completed the marathon at the grand old age of 96. Seen in the right perspective, they do help and inspire us. Good Hub.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      billybuc, this is AWESOME to say the least!!! AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD, and this is an example of why you are an award winning writer here on Hub Pages!!! My son works very hard to care for his two daughters (my granddaughters 2 & 4), and their mother is out of the picture. So, he is just one of those everyday heroes, and his daughters love him so much, and it is obvious he loves them. The everyday heroes are truly heroes, no doubt! Thank you for writing and sharing your gifts with all us of here on Hub Pages. Voted Way Up God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful hub, as usual Billy! Up, beautiful and shared ^_^ I do believe you are one of those heroes as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mama, you are sweet to say so. Thank you so much for the share!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Faith Reaper has just proved my point. Thanks Faith. Thank you all really. Great Hub again Billbuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Manatita!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, your point is well taken. We do create our heroes for sure, and mine inspire me daily. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you so much! I am honored that Hubbers thought enough of me to give me an award. As for your son, God bless him! He is the kind of person I can admire, even from a distance.

      Blessings to you my friend!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I have read and heard discussions about something called "The God Gene" and I'm not sure if it exists or not, but I am coming to believe that there just might be a hero gene. A switch that gets flipped at just the right moment when it's needed and then turned off when it's not. And I think each and ever one of us has one. Sure, some people's might be wired wrong, but they still have one. :) Great write up my most talented friend!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I LOVE this hub. I have known a lot of heroes like this in my life. I had a 12th grade teacher who was my personal hero for many reasons. He has left this world but he left so many with hearts full of inspiration. There are so many unspoken heroes.. can't forget those who serve stray and abused animals. Excellent!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Billy - This is perhaps the most touching and beautiful piece I've ever read. I am moved to tears. It was easy to vote up and across (not funny) and I will certainly share this with everyone I know (and that's a lot.) YOU, Bill, are my heroe!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey....your comment moved me to tears! Thank you dear lady; I will try to live up to that praise! May God bless you always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy my dear friend! You have no idea how much you have helped me since I joined HubPages! You have been by my side, giving encouraging words, helping me when I needed it....words cannot express how much gratitude I have for you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, I agree with you completely! Hopefully you and I will hit that switch quite often in the years to come. Thank you Sis! You mean the world to me.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A wonderful hub to read today and this is the sort of hub that earned you the well deserved award. CONGRATULATIONS.

      A wonderful reminder that the every day people around us are heroes too.

      Voting up

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Rosemay; there are some hubs I feel real good about and some I can take or leave...this one I liked, and I appreciate hearing that others did as well.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I sure hope so Bill, even if it's like Don Quixote. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That wouldn't be so bad, Sis! Good night!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      We are all heroes and heroines to anyone who thinks of us as one :) It doesn't matter if we save millions or just one person; if they think we are a hero to them, then we are one no matter what :)

      Great hub and very supportive, Bill :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I think you know my thoughts on this. You are such a good writer... who knows how many heroes you spark.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Bill, your hub is a real tribute to so many unsung heroes, who don't need it actually and they don't help any one for publicity, this is in their blood, i appreciate your article and yes this deserves to be voted up and to be shared among masses.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      billybuc, this hub about everyday heroes is absolutely awesome, touching and thought provoking. YOU, too, are a hero!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a wonderful hub. I have often heard that the definition of true character, courage and integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Thank you for this heartwarming tribute for these every day heroes who personify the best of humanity.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. I can say nothing here that has not been said above. I will take two words from your own text in this hub, 'noble qualities' you show them yourself with every hub. I salute you.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi sir Bill! Congrat congrats!! Most supportive hubber i vote for you!

      Anyway, your hub is amazing. When I read your question "CAn you think of any?" Well, yes! Their heroic deed will forever live in my heart..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Keith! I always enjoy your visits and comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mhatter, thank you very much; I am humbled by your praise since I believe you are one hell of a writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, thank you for the share and the kind words. There are many heroes out there who deserve recognition.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I admire you greatly, so your words are special to me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I like that definition...when no one is watching. Yes, that perfectly summarizes my point. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, that is my goal...to live my words. Thank you Sir! I think of you as noble also; your writing signifies a man who appreciates the lessons in history.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, I believe we all know heroes; we just need to adjust our thinking so that we recognize them. Thank you my dear.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Interesting thought. We are often busy praising movie stars and sport heroes who are raking in the dough. But each one of us is a hero in our lives. If we do the right thing and take care of ourselves, as well as reaching out to others we are the heroes of the world. Now that is just myopinion. So that makes you a hero in my book.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, you are a doll and I thank you! I think we all have some hero in us; it's up to us how often that hero surfaces.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Thanks to heroes for lifting our spirits and encouraging us to use our endowments to thebest of our ability. Where would we be without heroes? Heroes pep up our faith reminding us of our strengths. They surely brighten our day.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Wow, I can tell that you struck a good nerve with tons of people! Including me. If everyone could see the fact that they are a hero, and appreciate their strengths and contributions to this world, then life would be much happier for many.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anjili, thank you and I agree with everything that you wrote.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Relationship, you got that right. I like your angle, to appreciate our strengths...so many people think they don't make a difference when in fact we all do....and we can choose for that difference to be positive. Thank you!

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      junko 4 years ago

      A written acknowledgement to everyday people that will last forever. I will like to give a special acknowledgement to the countless Sheroes throughout history who were hands on heroes to mankind. Mothers and Grandmothers have always went the extra miles. Well done.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      WOW, That was Awesome!!! Well Said!!! Real heroes are everyday people and should be praised for all that they do!

      One of my neighbors, to me, is a true hero...her husband and her, foster children that are the worse case scenarios and no matter how hard it is, she doesn't give up! There are a few that she has even adopted...including my oldest daughter's closest friend of nearly 7 years.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Checking on our hero Billy! Thanks for your efforts and support. Have a great evening my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      junko, you are oh so right! They are all around us; all we have to do is look! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty, those people are remarkable for sure. I am in awe of people like you described. I have the feeling you are a hero to your own children as well. Bless you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Joseph, that's for the repeat...I am well and working on some new things. Thank you my friend and you have a great time as well.

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      There are many heroes here on hubpages, of which I have no doubt, you are one! Great hub and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, thank you, and I agree, there are many heroes on this site. I appreciate you very much!

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      Mandar Karandikar 4 years ago from Ratlam, India

      A hub appreciating all the people whom we often forget! They deserve it! Thanks a lot Uncle Bill. Have a great weekend!

      :) Mandar

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mandar, thank you nephew; it's always nice to see you stop by! I wish a happy weekend for you too.

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

      How sweet! sounds like you are a hero to some special people.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, if I am then I am humbled....I just try to do the right thing each day. Thank you!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Another enlightened and spot on hub, Billybuc! You definitely get it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, it took me a long time to get it...not giving it up now! Thank you!

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      What a wonderful tribute to all heroes around us! They are everywhere. I know so many people who are helpful. Our neighbouring countries in the east have many poor citizens and children living in orphanages. They need our help and we are helping them regularly by sending them clothes and other stuff they need to live a better life.

      This hub was just wonderful. You are a wise man, Bill! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, thank you my dear! I don't know how wise I am but I do know I am caring and I'll take that any old day. I hope you are well; have a wonderful weekend!

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Very interesting hub indeed,enjoyed reading it throughout.voted up and shared!The world sure needs heroes around us!!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Billybuc, oh, how you have a way with words! This is such a caring tribute to the unsung heroes. Your ability to speak to us about the "truths" in this life, are astonishing! You are an angel to those who live, perhaps, entire lives, without being recognized.....not because they "sought" but did not 'receive' but, because they are/were committed to something other than themselves; other than seeking out recognition. Yours is a huge heart, Mr. BB...one which I admire. In my own personal experience, there are several whom I would add to my list of heroes..my dear friend Al, who gives unendingly, who cares always, who works tirelessly, who would give the shirt off his back...and actually Has! (I can attest to it); who loves without condition, who and acts without expectation. Al is a constant source of encouragement, loyalty, and inner goodness..There is my friend Doll (her real name), who has turned over her life to the rescue and rehabilitation, placement and love, as well as advocacy, legal representative and strong protector of creatures, great and small. Doll is an unbelievable force of love and strength, and is a fantastic human being.

      There are others; many actually. I want to thank you for this lovely reminder and for the opportunity to honor, by way of mentioning, my dear friends. Thank you. All ups but funny.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mmsu, thank you so much; I appreciate you visiting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cats, you are such a nice person....just genuinely a caring human being. You are one of those I would love to sit with and chat as old friends do. I love your comments, and on a related note, I love that you take the time to write meaningful comments each and every time. It means the world to me, connections like yours....it is why I write.

      I will try to honor your beautiful compliments when I write. Again, thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      If you're not making a pot o' gold, Bill, there is something wrong. I didn't think I'd ever get to the bottom of the long list of your admirer's. You are a rich man, my friend. And, rightfully so, as you have a way of putting life, its trials, tribulations, joys and successes in balance. Because every life has some of all of it, the good and the bad. This is a magnificently uplifting piece that gives acknowledgement to the ordinary heroes we meet everyday. I see them everyday and I respond in kind. A smile begets a smile. Often, I smile first and it is amazing the response I always get. A kind word gets likewise. Its natural and its free and it makes a difference for the better. Thank you for this excellent, positive read. I can't help but tell you that you remind me of Jimmy Stewart's character in my fav Christmas story, "It's a Wonderful Life". You, like George Bailey, are the richest man in town!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, shucks, Miss Amy, thank you ma'am!

      I have been called much worse in my lifetime my dear, so that is a major compliment. Receiving praise from you, the bet poet on this site, is pretty darn heartwarming. Thank you Amy!

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      Sam Graham 4 years ago from Australia

      Very true words. Thanks for taking the time to remind us.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful tribute Bill to those who take the time to help those in need. You are right the Lord will reward those who take the time to reach out with heroic deeds but will not advertise themselves. Passing this on.

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      Karen Silverman 4 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..

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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Bill Holland 4 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 4 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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      shruti sheshadri 4 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 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Dianna Mendez 4 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 4 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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      g-girl11 4 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 4 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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      Debbie Pinkston 4 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 4 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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      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 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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      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

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

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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

      Thank you Pink! I appreciate that!

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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 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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      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

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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

      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, 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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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

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

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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

      Thank you Pink! Good to see you again!

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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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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

      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, 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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      rdsparrowriter 3 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 3 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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      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 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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

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

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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

      Thanks for the comment Joe, and the reference.

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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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      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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      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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Graham and thank you Sir!

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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

      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

      Absolutely, my pleasure. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha logan!

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