Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ABC Wednesday - H is for Heroes

At ABC Wednesday this week , the focus is on H.

After 17 days of thrilling Olympics, I knew H had to be for Heroes. Too often the heroes young people choose prove to be are less than heroic. But in Vancouver, many young athletes proved they had the qualities to be considered heroic. For example,

Alex Bilodeau - not only did he win gold for Canada, but he described his own brother Frederic as his inspiration and his own hero.

Joannie Rochette - She lost her mother on the Sunday before she was to skate. Yet she knew she must skate for her mother and their shared dream. What courage that took.

We need heroes, to lead us by example. But it is important that these heroes are worthy of our regard.

These are some of my own heroes - they all have strength of character and a strong sense of moral purpose.

Terry Fox - in his short life he achieved so much and he is still driving people each year to raise funds for cancer. His Marathon of Hope just keeps getting bigger.

Rick Hansen - Like Terry, he had a dream bigger than himself. His Man in Motion Tour took him around the world and raised money for spinal injuries.

Mother Teresa - She lived for others - to try to make life for the poorest of poor of India better, and to do it with such love and compassion and faith.

"We cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love."

There are many people who are everyday heroes, who give of themselves in so many ways. These are the people we need to honour - not tarnished sport and film stars.

To give of oneself in service to others is a noble cause. We would do well to emulate that ideal.

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Sylvia K said...

Great post and I do so agree with you. The people like those you've written about are indeed the ones we should emulate and how sad it is the tarnished sport and movie stars are the ones many feel the desire to follow -- doesn't say a lot for the values of many of us. Hope you have a great week, Beverley!


photowannabe said...

Amen, yes we definitely need heros. You chose some perfect examples.
Great post today.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent choice of heroes! Terrific post.

Hildred said...

A fine choice for H - and you have depicted some really great heroes, too. We need them to inspire us, and I'm sure the Olympic heroes lit a fire in the hearts of many young athletes.

Angie said...

What a lovely post, I was moved by the courage shown by Rochette and I always loved Mother Teresa. It makes you feel that the world isn't so bad when you know there are people out there who are so courageous and full of spirit!It kind of makes one feel brave too!
Thanks for the inspiration.
And I have some great news, my tag arrived today...YEAHHHH! Ohhh how beautiful it is, thank you again for this great opportunity to be part of 'spread the love'.
Have a great week, Angie ox.

Lynvingen said...

Heros proove that ordinary people can do extraordinary things!

jabblog said...

A most inspiring and humbling post - as Sylvia says, it is these heroes we should emulate

Jay said...

Indeed we do all need heroes! To inspire and encourage and just to cheer for.

Thoughtful post!

Monika said...

brilliant post we need more and more heroes

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

A heartwarming post - we all need heroes, they are such an inspiration.

Kim, USA said...

Very interesting post. Heroes are all around us. In the Philippines we look at those people who worked abroad as Heroes, because they sacrifice to be away from their families just to provide for the daily needs. That is why we should not forget to say thank you to our own heroes who just one foot away from us or a phone call away. Now I am so carried away ^_^ Love your post!

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belladana said...

An inspiring post! You could feel the emotion through the tv as Joannie began to skate!

Roger Owen Green said...

I love the Rochette story. she's been underperforming for much of her career, yet she delivered the goods when it mattered under very tryng circumstances.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Super wonderful HEROES post! These are just fabulous people who have overcome adversity!

Also, I want to thank you for the beautiful ATC's you sent me following your SPREAD THE LOVE post! I was just thrilled to receive them and they are lovely!
Sending you hugs today!