The-Gratitude-Project-A-Celebration-of-Personal-HeroesA hero is someone who’s known for courage and daring action. You’re probably familiar with Neil Armstrong, but have you heard of Ben Saks? He was a junior at Carnegie Mellon University who was shot in the hand while assisting a police officer struggling to subdue a suspected drug dealer. The suspect grabbed the officer’s gun during the struggle and shot Ben, who received 20 stitches and personal thanks from both Pittsburgh Police Chief Dominic J. Costa and Mayor Bob O’Connor.

Courageous and daring, yes, but how long do we remember their stories? It doesn’t take landing on the moon or putting yourself in harm’s way to be the hero someone needs. Consider the everyday heroes who make a difference in our lives:

  • The friends who have helped us through a difficult time.
  • The teacher or coach who inspired us to be a better person.
  • The stranger whose kind gesture made us smile when we are having “one of those days.”
  • The mentor who recognized the potential in us before we saw it in ourselves.
  • The family member who made us feel special and appreciated.

Who are the everyday heroes in your life?

Betty Reese said, “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” Weighing about two milligrams, a mosquito’s impact is felt, and no matter how small, ours can too. We view others as everyday heroes when we should consider ourselves for that role. We can provide the inspiration someone needs, and we are always there for the people we care about. Don’t be surprised if someone remembers what you’ve done for them and thanks you.

To all of my everyday heroes, know I am grateful for you!


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