Heroes


One Love a Day/Day 1: A box full of memories

Heroes

We use that word a lot lately.

From the dictionary(1):
1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.

Note, there’s nothing in there about how a hero suffers, how poor or rich he might be, or other circumstances.

Those do not define a hero. Heroes are defined by action.

My Heroes

Heroes are specific to each of us. You and I have different experiences and know different people.

I don’t know your father, your friend, or that kid in Egypt. You don’t know my brother, coworker, or lady who manages HavenHouse St. Louis.

But are any of them heroes? They could be, and only you know it.

Likewise, my heroes may not be yours.

If we expect validation of them, we must go back to what defines a hero, their actions.

Heroes Do

A soldier could be a hero, but just showing up in Iraq doesn’t define him a such. That’s just a circumstance.

A child in Egypt might be starving on the streets. That hunger doesn’t make her a hero. What is she doing in spite that?

My brother is fighting ALS. Actually he’s suffering from it, and so is his family. He’s not a hero for that. His suffering doesn’t impart a title, but his continued effort to be part of his children’s lives, keep breathing, and working to maintain his dignity, those are acts of courage, and to his family, he’s a hero.

Who are you heroes

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

 

(1) definition from Dictionary.com