A New Beginning. Not knowing failure. Are you tough enough to live? Every day heroes.
Even in tough nature, some flowers bloom
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.
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.