One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

~ Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Emma ~

Are You an Ordinary Hero?

November 16th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 31 secs

Being a hero isn't necessarily what you think it is.

Have you ever though of yourself as a hero? My guess is probably not often. Odds are, you haven’t been saving too many people from drowning lately, or randomly rushed into burning buildings to save a trapped child or two. But I bet my bootstraps that there really is a hero in you.

When I say “hero” I don’t so much mean the rescuing kind. More likely, the person who faces extreme challenges and presses on regardless. When your kids are horrible to you, your partner has been hurtful beyond belief, or your boss becomes abusive. These are hard things to handle.

Just like wondering how the heck you are going to pay that next round of bills. Or thinking you haven’t got what it takes, but you’re taking it all the same, one day at a time. That’s courage and it takes some heroism to face.

Perhaps you are enduring chronic pain, a dying relationship, or you’re caregiving without care for yourself. All of these things take endurance to get through. But you do, and I admire you for it.

When there’s drug abuse in the family, violence, and despair, it’s completely understandable that you feel like giving up. Maybe you’ve lost a lot of money, or your job just dried up. When you are forced to think, “Can I really do this? Am I able to make it through?” That’s when your inner hero simply has rise up in you.

As a Christian (And no, I didn’t change my name!), I believe in a Creator who cares. But I also see pain and hardship as part and parcel of how life is. So we can pray for strength and courage. We can talk to each other and find encouragement. But ultimately we alone need to live through the trials. We have to find our own bit of hero to keep it all together.

So if you feel like life is hard and you’ve been finding things tough, I salute you for being a hero and for carrying on regardless. Even when the going’s been getting rough.


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