Heroes are supposed to be noted for their courage, but who are everyday heroes? Are they the rock stars and movie stars who usually think of their fans, but also think of themselves constantly? Is that courage? Perhaps a sports celebrity is looked at as a hero simply because they can run and jump and catch, throw and bat a ball out of the stratosphere. Sports stars sometimes care as they spread their wealth to many charities, but are they real heroes? Politicians seem to never reach the mantle or title of a hero unless they are very exceptional and do great things without their ego getting in the way. Soldiers are always heroes as they volunteer for their country, spill their blood and sometimes get killed because they care.
We hear and see most every day the results of real heroism, and it could be you. Saving lives is always inspirational such as that January day when the captain of an airliner, Chesley Sullenberger, had to make a fast decision and land in the Hudson River and save lives. That was a real hero. We have all heard of him, seen him on TV and know for sure that he's a hero.
You know, heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and they look just like you and I. Sometimes a real hero just battles cancer till the end, never giving up and with true courage. Other times a hero appears out of nowhere saving a life or two at a fire or an automobile accident with no thoughts of glory for themselves or complaints. Heroes usually appreciate life as it is and never give up despite the problem. They don't want you to give up either. Real heroes never seem greedy or mean or jealous or hateful. They are sort of like guardian angels sent on a mission.
Heroic deeds seem to set caring people apart from others by creating miracles over and over. Recently, there was a Harris Poll conducted on heroes and what makes a hero. The public gave a multitude of reasons to explain their choice of heroes. The following are those reasons mentioned most frequently: doing what's right regardless of personal consequences (89 percent); not giving up until the goal is accomplished (83 percent); doing more than what other people expect of them (82 percent); overcoming adversity (81 percent); staying level-headed in a crisis (81 percent)
Some of the so-called heroes mentioned the most during this Harris poll in response to "Tell me who you admire enough to call a hero" were: Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, God, Chesley Sullenberger, Billy Graham, Oprah Winfrey, General Patton, Bill Gates and Gandhi. Plus a whole list of politicians too numerous to mention. Unbelievable!
Some that were dropped from the list in 2009 were John Wayne, Michael Jordon, John Glenn Norman Schwartzkopf, Princess Diana, Dwight Eisenhower, Pope Paul, Nelson Mandela and Thomas Jefferson plus a bunch of sports stars.
Did you notice all those people were well known and heard of by most everyone? Other than Chesley Sullenberger the rest were very famous including God. I still have to cling to the everyday hero - the one who is unknown - not a sports hero or a movie star or rock star. After all, courage is the word in describing heroes. They show up at any given time and perform miracles and heroic deeds, not just throwing a ball around. But of course, my idea of a hero could be much different than anyone else's. Heroic deeds do set caring people apart from others.