"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

for all my heroes...



photo via bing


...you know who you are, right?

"we look at athletes, celebrities, and rock stars today and wonder why there are no heroes anymore.  We are just looking in the wrong places.  You'll hardly find heroes in locker rooms or stadiums, or on movie sets.
the real heroes in the world are all around us.  They are everyday people who respond selflessly for others and beyond our wildest expectations.  Then there are the others who are inherently beautiful and brave because of their indomitable spirit.  They are people who do their job everyday, day after day, despite a deck stacked against them that is both cruel and unfair.  They transcend illness and imperfection by their very existence and reveal the true meaning of the word hero.  They show us the value and worth of life."

written and read by the husband of a true hero at her funeral.

 

14 comments:

  1. I am blessed with heroes in my life who take the time to check on me when I haven't surfaced in a while. On my bucket list is to make a trip to meet and visit all my heroes this year. We are sistah of the heart and closer that if we shared blood. I love all my heroes and keep you in my nightly prayers. Thank you for being the heroes in my life.

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  2. OMGosh, Joanne. This brought me to tears for some strange reason. It makes me think of my brother that passed last year. He was one of those true heroes that never sought recognition but went beyond the boundaries of just living and made a difference in people's lives. GREAT POST! xo Diana

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  3. The 'heroes' our society worships has always confused me, Joanne. yes, the true heroes are those that are around us throughout our lives and have given us a reason to be thankful for their presence.......like a husband, a grandmother, a brother, an aunt and a friend.
    This was a lovely post Joanne, thanks.

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  4. Thank you Jim, Diana and Ness. We know who the real heroes are and are grateful to have them in our lives. Blessings.

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  5. I recentlydecided that the word "hero" was being used too easily and too much, but then I really gave it some thought.
    We are all "heros" in some way. whether we raise and love a child and take care of our aging parents. Whether we deal with the loss of a child or a devastating illness. When we help another human beings or adopt a animal... Send money to a animal rescue, hospital or organization of our choice. Sometimes just saying "I love you." to someone who needs to hear it make one a hero.
    The hero's who save lives everyday and do their jobs well. The teachers who mold our children and grandchildren.... the doctors, nurses and CNA's... All HEROS... every one.
    I guess we do use this word a little too much sometimes... but I think that getting through this life without giving up or complaining takes great bravery, so my guess is that if we live long enough we all become "heros" and like in the Velveteen Rabbit , we become real and reach bravery status... "hero" status. Some do, some don't.
    'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
    ― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

    Thanks for giving us something to think about as this New Year starts.
    I'm sure that it's going to be a good year, filled with blessings.
    Love, Connie

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    1. I love that quote, just went over to Amazon to order the book for M.

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  6. Brings tears to my eyes realizing I have many heroes in my life, but most likely not a single one of them will ever be publicly recognized. But then, they wouldn't want such recognition anyway. That's the way most true heroes roll. Beautiful post.

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    1. I thought it was beautiful, his love for his wife who battle diabetes and kidney disease for many years was so very touching.

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  7. What a GREAT post!! Funny you should touch on this subject, as our town has been celebrating its 125th year all year long and one of the "projects" I was involved in for the celebration was to nominate 52 "Unsung Heroes", and celebrate one each week with a story in the local paper on the front page. It gave me great pleasure to be a part of the group to "select" them! It was also interesting that there were many, when asked, chose to decline the "honor", trying to not "toot their horns"! It shows you that so many do not need "glory" to be satisfied! That being said, the people who did allow to be honored were so very HUMBLED by being asked. It was great to read about so many who do so much "behind the scenes" and no one even knew! Alliance is "The Best Hometown in America!"

    Thank you for touching the subject of Heroes!

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    1. sounds like an amazing project to be involved in! Wish we would have driven the extra miles to Alliance, maybe next trip eh.

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  8. Such a heart warming post. Your friend was much loved by her husband and I bet all of her family and friends. I've had the pleasure of knowing, working with, and loving many wonderful people that I would also call "Hero". None of them will ever be on the cover of People Magazine...but they are on the cover of my heart forever.

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    1. I think we all know many people who fit in that category and none of them would want the 'attention.'

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  9. What a wonderful tribute for a husband to give Joanne. He really does know the meaning of the word hero.
    I hope all is well with your beautiful family and that you had a great time with them for the holidays. We had a quiet one and went to our son's on Christmas. My other children had to go to their 'other' parents this year so things were very mellow here.
    I hope you and hubs have a good weekend dear.
    much love...

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