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As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Some of My Heroes


Heroes
Paul Overstreet

He drives into the city and works extra hard all day.
He finishes up early so he can get away.
Because there's a blue-eyed kid on second base
who wants Dad to watch him play
Daddy knows he's waiting
so he hurries on his way.


Because you know heroes come in every shape and size
making special sacrifices for others in her lives
No one gives them medals.
The world don't know their names
but in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same


She rocks her crying baby
in the hours before dawn
She whispers words of hope to help her husband to hold on
She takes time for the children,
making sure they know she cares

She's more then just a Mama.
She's the answer to their prayers .

Because you know heroes come in every shape and size
making special sacrifices for others in their lives
No one gives them medals.
The world don't know their names
but in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same

Now, I don't pretend to know you
but I bet it's safe to say,
there's someone out there somewhere looking
up to you today
And they see everything you do
Except for you mistakes
You may not think you measure up
but you got all it takes

Because you know heroes come in every shape and size
making special sacrifices for others in her lives
No one gives them medals.
The world don't know their names
but in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same


No one gives them medals
The world don't know their names

but in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same
Yeah, in someone's eyes, they're heroes just the same


Talking about heroes....
Special kind of heroes....
No ordinary heroes...


7 Comments:

At Wed Aug 17, 12:44:00 PM MDT, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

Bravo J! Bravo! This is an amazing post of everyday heroes. You do them proud!

 
At Wed Aug 17, 01:26:00 PM MDT, Blogger Paul said...

Sometimes I wonder what word is best for those who are heroic in nature or intention but fail to accomplish their task despite giving it their all.

Hard to call a failure of accomplishment a heroic act; yet hard to call those who try simply failures.

 
At Wed Aug 17, 02:08:00 PM MDT, Blogger Beaver said...

I beleive everyday heroes are remembered for a longer time than prime-achievers !

Thanks for beleiving and professing it !

 
At Wed Aug 17, 02:24:00 PM MDT, Blogger The Voice said...

Amias,

Thank you - and on behalf of my heroes - I thank you as well.

Paul,

I would argue what you have described really is, ‘heroic’ precisely because someone decided to give it their all. You have described heroism at its very essence. I don't think being a hero has anything to do with the success or failure, but rather, intention and whether what they have done has been something, ‘good.’

How I define ‘good’ is that which is worthy of God. Those who do not agree with my religious referencing are welcome to simply think of the word good and all that it implies. Goodness and heroism still go together like a hand and a glove.

Accomplishing something quite often does not involve meeting an objective or even living to see it come to fruition. Think of Lincoln or Martin Luther King and then contemplate this; what would an arrow be without a bow? I am not even convinced that the heroic action has anything to do with identifying an objective. The example I point to is someone who has Down’s Syndrome – cognitive skills are obviously compromised or quite possibly non-existent yet they touch people’s lives with their kindness. That fills my criteria for heroism. Living bravely without even being cognizant of the word’s meaning is surely an act of heroism in my book. This is why children have to be heroes.

To me, heroes are as common as angels; they surround us and we aren't even aware they are there. It's kind of like looking at a bicycle wheel that's spinning; if you blink just right it stops for a moment. In that instant, you can see the entire wheel in it's completeness - but only momentarily. Heroes are like that; they come and go in the blink of an eye – they are as far away as the blink of an eye.

The way I see it, living a life of integrity and honor is heroic. Because of that Paul, you are surrounded by heroes - you walk among them and you are one as well.

Beaver,

You just may be right!

J

 
At Wed Aug 17, 04:45:00 PM MDT, Blogger johnny_mango said...

Great piece!

 
At Fri Aug 19, 10:32:00 AM MDT, Blogger Paul said...

Joe: "Living bravely..." Good point. Tecumseh might be an example there. You could call him a failure in terms of outcome, but you can't look at that life and say he failed to live heroically.

I guess I'm not normally one to "let it all hang out" on the blogosphere, but frankly, I am feeling more and more like a failure personally. Appreciate your compliment. And you can take it as a compliment in return that it's on your blog that I would mention such a thing. You're clearly a warm hearted human being with great integrity.

 
At Sun Aug 21, 10:16:00 PM MDT, Blogger Lorena said...

what a beautiful dedication to your family (?) everyday heroes.

 

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