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.