We’re talking this week about Heroes. I have always been a fan of heroes, I think that’s just a natural part of growing up an American. We surround ourselves with people we call heroes: Soldiers, firefighters, police, sports stars, heck cartoons characters even. Lots of people get labeled as heroes that are just regular people doing what they needed to do at in the moment, but there are plenty of other heroes that don’t necessarily shine in any one moment, but instead spend years or even decades living life with purpose and integrity. The dictionary defines hero as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. I can tell you from personal experience that I have undeservedly been called a hero for just doing my duty while in the service. My definition of hero is someone who displays uncommon courage, self-sacrifice, and a willingness to do what’s hard when they know both the effort that will be required and the danger to themselves, their family, and their friends that NOT going forward will bring.

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