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Daily Prompt: My Hero!

I’m going to do a slightly different take on this topic.

When I was a child, my hero was my dad. I grew up in a family, where today I would have been called a latch key kid. He worked as a chef, so was usually gone when I woke up 5 days a week, and some days didn’t get home till late. Even though he was tired, he always had a smile when seeing mom and myself. He would help with the household chores, as mom deserved a day off as well, even when she wasn’t also working outside the home. He taught me the usual things, including the basics of self defense, however he also taught me that fighting was only to defend a life, and never to make someone do as you wanted them to do. He lived what he preached, and today I see a lot of him in myself, so even though he’s been gone for several years, he is still with me everyday.

As I grew older, I had the usual super heroes as heroes. However I knew they were fictional. At one time I even vacillated between Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Logic won that argument, I just had to be the Captain. Then different sports figures had their day at the top of the list.

Most of my adult years, I chose people who I admired, here’s a list of some of them, who I profiled earlier this year. If you want to see why I choose them, just click on their names, they link back to the individual posts.
Neil Armstrong Albert Einstein David Suzuki Mother Teresa Aung San Suu Kyi Sulak Sivaraska Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi Tensin Gyatso Billy Graham Budhadasa Bhikkhu

Today I see many heroes around us in the world. Those who strive to make the world around all of us, a cleaner, safer, more peaceful place to live. To close I will disagree with the line from one of Tina Turner’s better songs, where she sings “We don’t need another hero”. I think we need everyone to be a hero these days, if we are to give our children a world where they can flourish.
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One thought on “Daily Prompt: My Hero!

  1. Loved this post Keith…and heroes come in and forms and packages. Doing little things and big things.

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