Heros Come in All Shapes and Sizes .... Maybe Even Yours!!!

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Last night I was watching Larry King Live, a rerun he'd done around the Thanksgiving holiday, interviewing celebrities about their "heros".  The focus most definitely was on the TRUE heros...people who make their mission in life to better in ways large and small the lives of others.

It must have stuck in my mind ... the thought of what's truly important in our lives.  When I awoke this Christmas morning, my very first thought was that this is a time where so many around us are feeling a sense of loss and hopelessness.  Now, at a time when many are sharing their time and their joy with loved ones, enjoying great meals, the laughter around them, the spirit of giving ... there are many, many others who are not.  Their circumstances may differ.  Some have suffered the loss of their homes or their livelihood, some are dealing with illness or injury, others are kept far from loved ones because of war, and many are grieving the loss of someone they hold dear. 

As much as the holidays are recognized as a time for love, for giving, for sharing...generosity of spirit and of time, for many the holidays are a cruel and unrelenting reminder of "what should be" or "what could be", but, sadly, what is not.  It seems each year reports appear in the media about the uptick in depression, even suicide, during the holiday season.  Expectations met with disappointment may be part of the reason, or the emptiness felt when one has no expectations at all may be another.  It's a sad commentary on our own "communities" that such could even be the case.

But while we may not be able to make a difference to huge numbers of people at any given point in time, we need only look around us.  Every single one of us has the power to touch SOMEONE...maybe even to make a great difference in someone else's life.  Sometimes it's as simple as taking the time to listen to someone else's story.  Sometimes it's sharing a few words that lets them know that, not only did you hear what they said, but that you connected with them in a very real way.  Whatever we say, whatever we do, treating someone, even when we may disagree with them, with a deep and abiding respect, that act alone can affect a change in them ... and it certainly is good for us as well!

Think about it.  Particularly with all the challenges people in great numbers are experiencing today, there is no doubt someone close to you, maybe very, very close in fact, who needs you!  Who are those people?  What can you do to help them ... to ease their worry, to make their life better, to let them know they're not alone?  Sometimes it all comes down to connections.  Sometimes it's not what you can directly do that will make the difference.  Sometimes it's a simple matter of putting them in contact with the right person ... a potential landlord, a potential job, someone to take in their beloved pet because they can no longer afford to care for them.  You never know what difference you can make until you make a conscious effort. 

Hero's come in all shapes and sizes ... as do acts of heroism.  Imagine the possibilities if each one of us became a hero to just one other person!  Imagine if we did even more!

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Rainmaker
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Judy! Each and every one of us can truly help to make a good difference in the lives of others. It is a matter of reaching out and extending a helping hand, making a phone call, or stopping by to offer our friendship or assistance. 

Dec 27, 2008 02:05 PM #1
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Judi Bryan
Executive Realty Group - Bloomingdale, IL
Your Chicagoland Connection

Thank you for your comment, Vickie.  People are so often caught up in their own flurry of activity that they forget how much even the smallest of things can make a big difference to someone else.  I like to think of it as "sometimes you find an angel in your life; sometimes you ARE the angel to someone else".

Dec 27, 2008 02:25 PM #2
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Thanks for your voice on reminding us we can make a difference in someones life and if we all did this what a difference it could make. I'm reading the "Christmas Jars" and if you haven't read it please get a copy, I know you would love it!

Dec 27, 2008 06:48 PM #3
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Judi Bryan
Executive Realty Group - Bloomingdale, IL
Your Chicagoland Connection

Dorie - You're so right!  And thanks for the heads up about the book.  I've not heard of it, but I'll certainly check it out!!

Dec 27, 2008 10:25 PM #4
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Bobbi Blades, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN Broker/Sales Mgr CBUnited Pensa

Judi, you have very eloquently stated what we all need to remember and hang on to.  In reading the Energy Bus and revisiting the original version, restored and revised of Think and Grow Rich! we are reminded over and over again of all that we can and should be thankful for and that you must "give to receive."  I hope that you and everyone who happens to read this will read these books; and, for some, reread them.

Here's to an absolutely unbelievably prosperous 2009 and much reward from helping others.

Dec 29, 2008 01:19 AM #5
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I think the word "hero" us grossly misused in today's world. However, if someone's "hero" can inspire that someone to grow up and also be someone, then I'll go let it be.

Jan 01, 2009 06:32 PM #6
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Judi Bryan
Executive Realty Group - Bloomingdale, IL
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Bobbi - thank you for the kind words.  I've not heard of Energy Bus...I'll have to check it out.  And you're so right about the "giving" concept.  I also love the "pay it forward" practice.  You never know how even the smallest kindness might impact another!

Russel - I absolutely agree!  I remember when Christopher Reeve had his accident, and watching as he moved forward through his life with courage, with dignity, with grace, humility, joy, and so much more, I thought "as Superman he was "depicted" as a great, strong "hero" always arriving at just the right time to "save the day".  The most certainly was a charicature of heroism.  However, I do believe that how he lived "post injury" was heroic ... an example to each of us on how to pull from our inner depths to create our own best lives.

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