There are many kinds of heroes in the world.
Some heroes are easy to see. We saw them on September 11, 2001. We read about them in books. We watch their stories in movies.
Some heroes are artificially made to suit a purpose. The facts are smudged a little so that a hero can be raised up to represent a cause.
Some heroes raise themselves up--make up a story so that he or she can benefit from the glory.
Some hereos are historic and are lifted up to represent character and values we cherish.
Some heroes aren't specific. They do heroic acts day and night because of the nature of their job and we recognize them not necessarily as individuals but as Policeman, Fireman, Doctor.
Some heroes are barely visible. Seen only by those in direct contact with them. Possibly not even appreciated for what they are by those people.
I know two heroes who stepped up and took in two troubled young girls for six months. It was a difficult and emotional road but they held on and did what they could do.
I know a hero who set aside her long time differences with her dying father to be there as he died.
I know a hero who has been married for almost 19 years. A hero who doesn't always have it easy but who expresses in his way of being that he would never leave his wife and children.
I know of a hero who is walking through the death of his beloved wife with courage and grace.
Every day I see heroes all around me who don't get any glory or recognition. Indeed, they may not be the dictionary definition of a hero. But they are heroes to me because they make difficult choices to sacrifice, to help, to stay.
They make the right choices.
Who are the heroes who surround you?