‘The thing is, to be a hero, you do not have to do anything dynamic or drastic. Those things are great and yes, we do need people like that, but we can also be accepting of the ones who do something as simple as opening a door, offering you help, but more importantly, by just being there.’
What makes a hero?
OKMULGEE, Okla. — What is a hero? What do you consider to be heroic qualities? In Webster’s Dictionary, a hero is considered to be:
– A mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability
– An illustrious warrior
– A person admired for achievements or noble qualities, or
– One who shows great courage
While I do love the first definition of a hero, it is the rest of the definitions that sticks with me.
Everyday we are surrounded by heroes.
We see these heroes, our heroes, all the time. They are policemen, firefighters and soldiers. They go above and beyond and do what they can to protect.
The thing about it is we only define what we see or hear as a hero. While that is good, there are numerous heroes that do not get on television, radio or newspaper, but that does not make them any less of one.
The hero I have the privilege of telling you about will keep their anonymity. That is my choice. Well it is the person’s choice (They threatened me!).
On a typical day, nothing out of the ordinary, I was at the local Native Mall (Wal-Mart) about to check out, when I saw an elderly woman leaving with her shopping cart, filled up to the top. On top of that, she had her granddaughter with her, who must have been very tired because she was crying and rubbing her eyes (international sign of being tired for someone that age).
You could see the exhaustion in the lady’s face. From what I could tell, all she wanted to do was to get her granddaughter and herself home but she was faced with a dilemma. Her granddaughter was screaming at the top of her lungs and refusing to let her grandma go and her cart was full.
The exhaustion turned to worry because her grandbaby was making a scene.
A gentleman comes up to her and asks if she needs help. Of course, she accepted and the first thing he did was offered the baby a drink of his water, which calmed her down. After the drink, the baby held up her arms to the young man and he picked her up and she rested her head on his shoulder.
With his other arm, he grabbed four of the bags from the woman’s cart and walked with them to her car.
(Luckily, I was done checking out and leaving when I noticed that I was not parked far away from her car so I could see the other events that took place.)
They get to her car and he helps to put the groceries inside, all the while holding the baby. After all the groceries are in, he starts softly patting the baby’s back until she is asleep.
The relief on the grandmother’s face was priceless. She said thank you over and over. He said it was no problem and that he was glad to help. She gets in her car and leaves.
Not your normal hero story, huh?
The thing is, to be a hero, you do not have to do anything dynamic or drastic. Those things are great and yes, we do need people like that, but we can also be accepting of the ones who do something as simple as opening a door, offering you help, but more importantly, by just being there.
I have numerous heroes in my life, some are veterans, such as my brother and sister.
Also, I have the heroes that I see day-to-day. The advice, sacrifice and love that they show makes them no less than amazing such as my mom, daughter and uncle.
Here is a quote for everyone.
“We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day.” – author Brad Meltzer
I leave you with these questions.
Who are your heroes? Do you have one?
When you think that there are no heroes around you, please, look around. They are there.