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A New Beginning. Not knowing failure. Are you tough enough to live? Every day heroes.

Updated on March 27, 2013

Even in tough nature, some flowers bloom

If it were mine to pick, I would give it to my neighbor widow lady.
If it were mine to pick, I would give it to my neighbor widow lady. | Source

Some guys who lead heroic lives are not heroes.

This man’s life is blessed, is yours?

Back in ’79 he had an appendix burst in a very unfortunate fashion. Oh my God is the only thing people could say as he lost consciousness and began shallow breathing. He is a big man always over 200 lbs. His brother is bigger at over 6’6” and a collegiate and pro athlete. He tossed the man’s rag doll self over his shoulder then leaped into the bed of a truck already revving and driven by another brother. Then a short 3 miles later the brother jumped out of the truck and kicking in the emergency room doors and threw him on a gurney and sending it to the ER. Not a second too late or too early. The appendix actually exploded again into the air of the emergency room surgery. Sounds like the whole family is tough.

Some guys get all the luck and cool scars

There are a lot of people that think he is tough. Yes, he one time broke a man’s hand by propelling his face into the fist he was throwing at him. He once defeated a rattlesnake by thrusting his hand into his jaws so hard he could not close down on his skin. And yes he once climbed 8 miles out of the Grand Canyon with 40 lbs and a hair line fracture to his leg. That is not tough. At least so he says.

The man beat terminal cancer, a once fell three stories unto his back without losing consciousness. It is said of this man that he actually chewed his way out of a seatbelt after a bad wreck where he was trapped in his car.

Did you ever think about how tough all these guys were.

I do believe that all of them faced horrible deaths for their faith. Well not that one guy.
I do believe that all of them faced horrible deaths for their faith. Well not that one guy. | Source

Rethink what tough is!

A sister of his tells a story of him climbing up two stories in a burning building to rescue an invalid. His friends tell the story of how he survived an avalanche and came out smiling.

But as he says that is not tough because all that is just facing survival and not accepting death. He claims that those who give their life for another are tough, not him. Ok then, we all bite --- just who are tough?

I kind of think this man was like Leroy. Have some fun.

So just who is tough?

In his book he says here are some examples of tough:

Mothers giving birth are tough. Soldiers facing death for freedom are tough. Christ taken it all down for me and you is tough. Violence victims are tough. Single mom’s are tough. Unwanted children are tough. Refugees are tough. The men who goe to work every day to feed his family are tough. Recovering addicts are tough.

All and all I learn from this man is that toughness is what we bear because of and for others. For me I know that my favorite writers are tough, because I can feel the pain they must feel in order to express the wonderful matters they express from their hearts.

Now bear with me a moment and do me a favor

Please make a list. In your head or in your computer or on paper with crayons. Make a list of heroes, then put down why they are heroes to you. Then figure out a special that you can let them know that they are heroes to you. Easter is coming up, you might find occasion there.

Spouses and our children, maybe a hubber or maybe a yard man or a 7-eleven store clerk. Hopefully our parents both here and gone. Maybe a brother or sister. Hey maybe me!!

And just maybe I will bet you that there is a hero you are overlooking in your life. Somebody who keeps at it, when times are hard, somebody who loves others and just maybe that hero is you.

Thanks for all you do.

Do you know a hero, let us know here.

Have you hugged your favorite hero lately?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bravo to the Grand Old Lady -- The Philippines are lucky to have you!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      At first it sounded like you were describing Evil Knievel. But I love how the part goes into what real toughness is, giving birth, victims of violence and the like. And the walking orders to write letters to a list of tough people you know, that sounds like a beautiful exercise. Yes, I will!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Mel, gosh golly darnit me too. I really would much rather just be my little whiny self. But I hear that I look and act all macho man and intimidate. That really is a funny thing.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I don't know what tough means. Tough I suppose is in the eye of the beholder. Maybe people think I'm tough but in my own mind I'm weak and whiny. Your message provides a lot of food for thought. Interesting hub that goes against the hub pages grain.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I hear ya brother -- but I see His works in others. So I guess the are baby heroes. I cannot get my head around His love for me either.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing.

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      Joshua Rueff 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Ha! "Not that one guy..." Mr. Eric sir you crack me up.

      As far as a hero list, mine's pretty short:

      -Jesus Christ

      I owe him more than I even understand, and want to take advantage of your Easter Hub to pay Him some respect.

      Great post - thumbs up, very interesting - thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much. I had a blast writing it, I am glad it came across well.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wonderful message Eric. We tend to forget our heroes and this is a great reminder. Passing this on.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Eddy, I am glad you liked it.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read Eric;voted up as always.

      Eddy.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Really good message---there are heroes around us. Nurses, paramedics, teachers...so many people serve selflessly every day. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much for this comment. Caring is clearly the foundation and you clearly care. Thank you ChitrangadaSharan.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub, with an underlying message. I can see many heroes around me, even within my family. Hats off to them!

      To achieve something for self and own dear ones is of course credible, but working hard for the good of others or for society, is even more credible and truly acts of a hero.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for touching down in my world --Superman

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are too numerous to mention, Eric. All I have to do is look around me and I can find a hero in about ten seconds. Great message, buddy!