Heroes. Who are they? What are they? And what makes them a hero?
In the hours after the news of the finding of the body of James Kim (Senior Editor at CNet) in the Oregon wilderness, the world has learned the answer. An answer that is bittersweet.
|NOUN:||Inflected forms: pl. he·roes
1. In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. 2. A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war. 3. A person noted for special achievement in a particular field: the heroes of medicine. See synonyms at celebrity. 4. The principal male character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation. 5. Chiefly New York City See submarine (sense 2). See Regional Note at submarine.
The definition of hero above tells us that a hero is someone noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially someone who sacrifices his or her life. But to me, it means much more than that.
I think we have many heroes in our lives. Sometimes those are people most close to us, people who have reached out to us in a time of need or people who have lived their lives as an example to others. Those who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.
And sometimes heroes are called angels.
I believe there are angels among us. I’m not talking about the typical picture of an angel though – a human form wearing a flowing white gown with a halo and wings. No, I’m talking about ordinary people who are selfless, honest, caring, courageous. People who are the epitome of forgiveness and generosity. Their whole lives are a testament to love.
People like my late grandfather. In all my life, I never heard him raise his voice. Not even once. He was always kind, always forgiving, always gentle. Even on the rare ocassion that he would scold someone. No matter what, he was always loving.
Maybe there are angels in your life too. Take a look around. Who inspires you? I mean, who really and truly makes you feel loved no matter what? Who cheers you on when you need a little encouragement (or even a lot)? It may be a friend, a family member. Maybe someone else. Maybe even someone you don’t know like an author who’s book you read that really encouraged you. Or a famous person like Oprah who shared something television.
You know, most people don’t even know they’re angels or heroes to someone else. They’re just doing what comes naturally to them. And that’s part of what makes them so special.
If there is an angel or a hero in your life, tell them. Tell them you love them. Tell them thank you. Don’t let it wait. There’s no better time than now. We never know when we may no longer have the opportunity to express our love and appreciation to those we care about.
Let your life be a testimony.
To all the heroes around the world, you are loved and are never forgotten.