Amazing Heroes

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHave you ever noticed that a person who is a true hero often feels like he or she isn’t?  The hero is often humble, want no recognition, and says “I’m just doing my job.”

I have seen some stories recently in the news about heroes who have stunned and awed me.  These heroes brought me to tears for what they have done for someone else.

The human spirit is amazing and one of love and compassion.  And, the fact that a true hero often wants no recognition is always surprising to me.

Many in our world today want their 15 minutes of fame and will do many crazy and awful things to get it.  But those real heroes (or sheroes as Maya Angelou once wrote) simply have done something brave or were compelled to help someone else.  I hope that we will have these hearts of love and compassion instead of hate and violence.

Webster’s online dictionary defines a hero as: “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.”

To me a hero is the following:

  • A fireman or woman who rushes into a burning building to save those trapped inside
  • A paramedic performing CPR in the ambulance on the trip to the hospital
  • A soldier, pilot, seaman and many others who have been called up to fight in a war
  • A soldier badly injured in battle who comes back home
  • The families of soldiers who have been called to active duty
  • A nurse who helps save an accident victim
  • A NICU nurse who stays up all night with preemies
  • Parents protecting their child from harm at their own peril
  • A police officer tasked with keeping a city’s residents safe
  • A teacher helping a hungry child focus on learning to read
  • A teacher who is excited for students to learn
  • Home health nurses who visit and care for the sick and elderly
  • Hospice nurses and doctors who provide comfort to a dying person
  • Doctors who help us when we are sick
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel who work in countries with little to no medical care
  • A  Cub Scout leader helping boys to learn and grow
  • A youth pastor praying with a troubled young person
  • A cancer patient in the battle of his or her life
  • The family of that patient who is there for every step
  • A pastor counseling a church member
  • Hospital staff members working on holidays when everyone else is having fun
  • The line workers who restore our lights and heat during heavy storms
  • Workers who keep the roads safe for us when weather is bad
  • The bus drivers who safely help children arrive home from school
  • Friends and family who are with us as we grieve

Sadly most of these heroes don’t earn a lot of money.  Yet, they are so important to us and there when we need them.  I am so very thankful for all of these people and all that they do.

What is a hero to you?  I would love to hear your ideas.

God Bless the USA

One of my favorite songs that I sang in high school chorus was by Lee Greenwood.

Here are some of the words from “God Bless The USA.”  The words are perfect to celebrate this Memorial Day.

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.

And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.

And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.

For there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God Bless The USA.

Thanks to him for such a great song and for the men and women who have defended us!!

May you have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day!

What is a hero?

There have been two articles recently about people who the media are calling heroes in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.  Yet neither of them is calling themselves a hero.

That to me is amazing — as are they.

First was the assistant coach of a football team at a school in Ohio.  He helped students during a school shooting.  He truly risked his safety to help the students and helped during an event that could have gone a lot worse.

But, when talking to the media, he said no, he’s not a hero.  He added that he wished he could have done more.

Wow, humility and wishing to do more when you already have done so much!  What a gentleman.

And, then there is the mother who lost parts of both of her legs while protecting her children during a tornado that destroyed her house.   Knowing a tornado was coming directly at her house, this amazing lady wrapped her son and daughter in a blanket, then put her body over them to protect them.

She was interviewed this morning on the “Today Show.”  She said, I am not a hero, I am a mom. She explained that what she did was instinct and like a mother bear protecting her cubs.

Again, wow!  This woman is so humble and now injured and her entire life changed, but she feels blessed since her children and she and her husband are all alive.

Both of these stories brought me to tears and stirred emotion.  Yet they were also so compelling since neither person thought what they did was heroic.  What amazing people!

Too often I think we praise people for the wrong things and celebrate behavior that really isn’t very heroic at all.  Stars of all kinds are called heroes and love to bask in their glory. Yet, is what they do truly a heroic thing?

Isn’t it refreshing to hear of people who aren’t basking but instead saying, I should have done more, and this was an instinctual thing that was done? I think it is.  And, I think that these people and the many more like them should be praised and celebrated as people that we can truly learn from on how to behave.

Merriam-Webster defines a hero as “a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities and “one who shows great courage.”

To me, both of these people showed great courage, as many others so.  For example, this is the same as soldiers do when they are in a foreign land fighting for our freedoms;

  • Or as a fireman does while running into a burning building to see if anyone has survived and then to help them in and run back in to fight the fire;
  • Or as a policeman going to work each day not knowing what dangerous or troubled people he or she will be called on to assist;
  • Or as a doctor traveling to a dangerous country to help someone in need;
  • Or as a missionary and/or the Red Cross going to a country that is dealing with a natural disaster to witness and help clean up the mess;
  • Or as passengers on an airplane that decide to crash it instead of letting it land somewhere where more destruction can be done;.
  • Or as a spouse caring for their dying loved one and supporting them the entire time throughout that journey and the person dealing with the prospect of dying and leaving behind those most cared about.

There are many more examples of being a hero and of showing courage.  Those are just a few.  I’d love to hear from you and know your thoughts.  Please comment and share them.

I wonder if we can live as these heroes and show great courage? It is certainly something to emulate.