Living With Heroes
Many define a hero as an ordinary person who does extraordinary things. But, there are those extraordinary people who do ordinary things.
Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, ages and forms. They walk among us. They live with us. They interact with us. They are often unknown to us. They are young and old. Some are recognized with medals and ceremonies and some often go unrecognized. Some of them step to the forefront of danger and some are thrust into unsuspecting danger. But, the thing they all have in common is they have made a positive impact on others, some complete strangers.
Heroes are not just defined as somebody who does something dangerous to help others. Heroes see a need and act. They act as a group or team or they act alone. They all, however, ACT! They are the ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They are also extraordinary people who consider themselves doing very ordinary things. They are our: peacemakers; lifesavers; educators; scientists; freedom fighters; those who battle enormous odds; those who inspire with music, words and images; or their faith.
Animals have even been known to be our heroes. They have stood my their masters offering comfort, warned of impending disasters or on occurring medical issues, saved lives and brought smiles with visits to hospitals.
BORN OR MADE
Acts of heroism happen around us everyday. Some are the acts of kindness by strangers. We often don’t know that a kind word or a warm smile can make a world of difference to someone. Then there are those moments that come unexpectedly that turn ordinary citizens into heroes. September 11, 2001 was one of those moments. Ordinary citizens knowing the minutes they had left to live would make a difference in the lives of many others. Rescuers who rush into danger with the hopes of saving lives offer more glimpses of the heroes among us. The peacekeepers and freedom fighters that give up an ordinary life of comfort to make a difference in lives thousand of miles away from their own families.
AGE IS NOT A LIMIT
Causes have made our children extraordinary heroes. Children have taken action when others passed on the same opportunities to act. Inspired, they didn’t let excuses or inhibitions stop them. The have organized many ministries of giving. Children have raised funds for cancer research, third world countries, children with special needs, collected blankets for the homeless, and inspired others to overcome barriers.
Young heroes not only take action for social causes but have been known to perform physical acts of bravery. Courage has no minimum age requirement. Children have preformed amazing feats of bravery and strength in savings family members, friends and strangers. The following link shares the story of ten (10) such young heroes.
- 10 Amazing Child Heroes - Listverse
Everyone knows and celebrates mythic heroes and famous leaders. But then there are those everyday heroes who just make a difference when the need suddenly
My hero no longer lives among us, but continues to live within me and the hearts of his children. He was one of the many ordinary men and women who put their lives on hold to answer the call of injustice when war broke out in 1941. He was a WWII, B-24 pilot who fought in the South Pacific. He honored God, country and family. He honored those who lost their lives in acts of service, thanked those who served community and country, supported those who fought for a cause and served those less fortunate.
He was an extraordinary person who did many ordinary things. After he retired at sixty-five, he enlisted with the local Habit For Humanity to build homes for those less fortunate. At the age of seventy, he had the courage & strength to physically and mentally start over and rebuild our home destroyed by a flood. The security of his family was his priority. And, then six years later he took on the role of caregiver for his three month old granddaughter when her mother went back to work and I continued to work. His role as caregiver lasted thru her elementary school days. Those two had a very unique and loving relationship.
Today, say a prayer for or thank your hero. We all have at least one who lived or lives among us who provided us with inspiration. My hero is a memory away, but still an inspiration.