Who are Heros?

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I was listening to radio talk show host Dr. Laura the other day. (I have a love/hate relationship with her, but that is a different story for a different day!). She was talking about heroes. Her definition of a hero is “someone who puts their self at risk despite the negative consequences that could occur for their life.” That really got me to thinking. I mean, is putting your life at risk the only way to qualify as beings a hero??

So I started thinking more about who would fit that classification. Soldiers, police officers and fire fighters were the first that came to mind! And I thought, well I guess I am a hero, because I saved those people at the lake. (See post regarding this from an earlier post.) That kind of made me smile and feel proud. But I continued to think about it. I don’t think heroes necessarily have to put their life at risk to qualify. I also think we use that phrase “you’re my hero, just a little too often and take it too lightly…i.e. you bring me ice cream and ” you’re my hero!!!”

Now do I think that pro athletes and actors and actresses and musicians should be heroes….well, maybe, maybe not. Have they done things besides play a sport or perform…because that is just doing the job they get paid for. Charles Barkley once said, “”I am not a role model. I’m not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court.” You go Charles!! Can we appreciate the hard work and admire the natural skills, talents and abilities they have…you bet! Can our kids aspire to be like them and work hard at something they love. Once again, Yes!!!!! But let’s save the hero phrase for someone a little more deserving.  I bet there are several little girls in Africa who believe Oprah Winfrey is a hero because of the school she opened for them. I think I would agree with them. Yes…she has a pile of money and can do things most of us only dream about. But she uses that money to help others, and that makes her a bit of a hero in my eyes!

I found this poem online and love the message and thought I would share with you. Maybe it will help you answer my final question here!!

You are my hero if…

by Cheikh Darou Seck,
English Teacher from Dakar, Senegal

If you know what honour means
And the significance of dignity
If pride and honesty are valuable to you
Then you are my hero

If you can give with no interest in mind
Help the needy regardless of the skin colour
Fight the battle of the patient fighter
Then you are my hero

If you can be the voice of the voiceless
Fighting for the triumph of truth and,
The prevalence of good over evil,
Then you are my hero

If you were a fireman, now under the towers’ ruins,
But then rushing in,
When everybody were running out
Then you are my hero

If you can be awake for the others’ safety
While everybody else is sound asleep
Standing for the forces of life to prevail
Then you are my hero

If you are an unknown educator
In a far away forgotten corner
Giving to some kids the best in you
Then you are my hero

If you can show a little more courage
Bearing the pain a little longer
When the concern is about survival
Then you are my hero

If you can hear the call of motherhood,
Giving up your own self
For the self of you flesh
Then you are my hero

If you take time to ease minds
If you take time to restore hope
If you take time to share and understand
If you take time to look around you

Wherever you may be
Whatever your nationality
You are my hero

So think about it? What do you think. What do you think makes someone a hero, and who do you know that you can call a hero and why? PLEASE share with us. We would love to hear what you all have to say!!!

Julie

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