Real Life Heroes

A young stable boy saves the life of his king and becomes a brave knight in shining armor, protecting the weak and innocent.  A Greek soldier risks all to bring an important message to his army.  A World War II pilot crashes behind enemy lines and discovers a secret plot that could have been disastrous.

We are surrounded by stories of brave men and women who risk all to do great, seemingly impossible deeds.  How could we, simple, ordinary humans ever do something that great?  Only a few will ever be able to do such amazing things.  What we ignore, though, is the fact that, in the words of Lady Galadriel from the Lord of the Rings, “Even the smallest person can change the course of history.”

“Even the smallest person can change the course of history.”

galadriel quote

(image is not mine)

The smallest deeds can do that, too.  Another quote, from the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey goes as follows:

“It is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay – small acts of kindness and love.”

These lines are incredibly true.

If everyone was concerned with doing little, kind things for others, the world would truly be a different place.  According to Google, the definition of a hero is: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.  However, I would like to add something to that.  A hero is someone who is a good person who puts aside their own wants and lives a life of self-sacrifice while striving to make the world a better place, one step at a time.  Even if those steps are small.  With some final Tolkien quotes,

“Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.”

and

“It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit.”

 

Elizabeth

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