Finding New Heroes

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  “When I was a very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention.

But as I grew, my heroes changes, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”
Mister Rogers

I recently found a really great book that has some of Mister Roger’s best quotes all in one place and I haven’t been able to put it down.

That man had so many wonderful things to say and he definitely appeared to have a great attitude on life. I’m sure his life wasn’t perfect but he seemed to choose joy and to choose to see the blessings in life rather than the challenges.

In this day and age there are plenty of problems. Just turn on the news and you’ll hear about kidnappings, bombings, shootings, robberies, assaults, and the list goes on and on and it’s completely unnerving. I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t even turn on the news too often just because it truly breaks my heart to think about the many friends and families who are suffering from the loss and pain of losing a loved one or seeing their loved ones harmed.

I often wonder, what can I do to make things better? How can help? Is this ever going to stop?

But when I found Mister Roger’s quote, it gave me hope.

I remember being young and also having tons of heroes that I adored and admired. As a child, it was Cinderella.

As a teen, Anne Frank.

As a young adult, Oprah.

My list continues to grow but like Mister Rogers, I have noticed that my definition of “hero” has changed.

It has changed from the fairy tale princess to women who persevered through incredibly tough times like Anne Frank. Or women who overcame the odds to become successful and influential leaders for their society like Oprah.

Even still, my definition is still changing. Now my heroes include the people who give of their time to the families who are homeless. To the individuals who encourage someone who feels down because it seems like their life continues to spiral out of control.

My heroes include the individuals who provided food, shelter, water, and a hug to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Or the many schools and churches that sent out cards to Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut that experienced that horrible tragedy.

Remembering this gives me hope. There are still heroes today and even if our world has plenty of crimes and bad things happening, there are still many good people and blessings happening in today’s world.

We just have to keep our eyes open to look for the heroes or better yet, become the hero and give back to those in need.

What’s your definition of a hero?

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