No 38 9-14-18 “Obscure Heroes”
“Man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.”
– Victor Hugo
(1802-1885) French Writer
Have you had a hero in your life? My dad was my hero in every way. When he passes away, next to his bed stand was a marble stand I gave him with a brass plate that read “You are my life’s hero”. He loved that gift and it was always next to his bed.
What made him great? Daddy was a leader, and a man of service. Everyone knew him through his great dedication and participation in many, many organizations. Daddy was also a hero to me in the consistent daily things that he did to build character and faith.
There are truly many battlefields in life and many trials and going through these trials and coming out the other side a greater person is what I saw my dad do throughout his entire life. I’d give a nickel for 5 minutes to chat with him today. I am becoming more and more like him every year, and I’m proud to do so.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
(1819-1880) English Novelist
When can you become a hero? Is it ever too late? As I have just passed 62, I have learned that getting up in the morning, getting ready for work, and planning a day of service to others is an act of courage. Doing the small things well daily, overcoming in the minor struggles of the day, being consistent, never giving up, always trying to overcome is truly an act of heroism. If you don’t believe this, just remember your grandmother and your mother and how they were there for you every day. Perhaps this is someone else in your life that never let you down and they always had a good word for you with a smile and lots of love. They are all your heroes.
“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.”
– W.J. Slim (1891 – 1970 )
British military commander
To be a hero, we must choose the bolder way…always. The easy way does not last and does not help us grow. The harder, more challenging road always makes us stronger and wiser and more successful in life. Once we take the high road daily, we find that the easy challenges are a cinch to overcome. Then the truly rough obstacles are manageable, and we will not give up too easily.
“The four cornerstones of character on which this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.”
– Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 – 1973)
American Aviator and Business Executive
Being my father’s son, I do try to take the initiative in all areas of my life. I try to have the best imagination and offer the best ideas whenever needed. I don’t have to try to have individuality, my mom J. Clair, took care of that for me. She was a true individual and I follow in her footsteps in that area. As for independence, I try to life that part of my life by giving service to others. I believe that we are only free when we are always trying to help and guide others. Truly for me, that is when I am independent and free in my life.
Don’t fret the minor struggles, you are becoming an illustrious hero!
Thanks for reading!
David Earl Woodbury
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