Sunday Scribblings #34 - Hero

"Hero". That is the topic of Sunday Scribblings: #34.

Main Entry: he·ro Pronunciation: 'hir-(")O
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural heroes
Etymology: Latin heros, from Greek hErOs
1a : a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b : an illustrious warrior c : a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities d : one that shows great courage
2 a : the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work b : the central figure in an event, period, or movement
3 plural usually heros : SUBMARINE 2
4 : an object of extreme admiration and devotion : IDOL

I am sure there will dozens of entries concerning God, fathers, husbands, mothers, wives, sons, daughters, siblings, grandparents, teachers, mentors, coworkers, firemen, policemen, friends, sports stars, pets - a nearly endless list!

Rather than participate in hero worship ~ become a hero yourself. Heroes are necessarily strong, brave warriors with noble qualities and a Dudley Doright winning grin. Heroes do no swoop down in the nick of time, plucking you from certain doom. A hero is someone who humbly steps out of his own walk in life in order to be of benefit to another. A police officer helping a young child would certainly be a hero to that child. A fireman saving a kitten from a tree is likewise a hero. A mother who tenderly kisses her child's kneecap after she cleans a skinned knee? Hero!

Do not look for heroes in the world around you. Instead, become a hero. Seek not glory, fame or recognition, but act out of the goodness of your heart.

1. Volunteer to read to children - that child may grow to love books.
2. Go
to a senior center and offer to sit quietly and listen - you may be the last
person who takes the time to visit with them before they pass on.
3. Mentor
someone - teach them skills they will use for a lifetime.
4. Donate a toy
for a Christmas toy drive, or donate food - your gift may be the only treat they
have on Christmas day.
5. Offer to give someone a ride to the dentist or
doctor - you might spare them driving in a bad state.
6. Allow someone to go
ahead of you in line at the grocery market - those precious extra ten minutes
might get them home to their family much quicker.
7. Offer to hold a door
for someone - your lesson in manners will help the younger generation learn that
one should never be so busy and self-absorbed that courtesy can be tossed aside.
8. Look for ways that you can improve things around your community - there
is always a need!
9. Set a good example by living the good example - never
ask more from someone else than you would be willing to give personally.
10. Laugh often.

That is my two-cents this week.

8 responded with...:

Anonymous said...

great list of suggestions about how anyone can become a hero.

alphawoman said...

We both took the same spin on this weeks challenge. And I want to thank you because it was through your jnl. that I found Sunday Scribblings and I love it.

Anonymous said...

Your 2 cents is absolutely priceless Toni.

Anonymous said...

Wise words. It doesn't take much to be somebody's hero.

Anonymous said...

I took the same angle on this one, too, to find the hero within. I like your list.

Anonymous said...

Very nice and constructive!

Anonymous said...

Great list of suggestions. A good practical take on the prompt. If anyone reads this comment, I suggest we add to the list with our own heroic deeds, one deed per reader. I say so because I find this post particularly inspiring.

Here's mine:

11. Protect the planet. Walk rather than drive, you know the rest.

paris parfait said...

Lovely post - and yes, we all become a little heroic when we stop thinking about ourselves and help others.