The Unsung Heroes
With Mother’s Day this past Sunday, I started thinking about all the unsung heroes that are within our midst. In my military career, I have heard of many heroes, men and women who have stared death in the face and said, “not today!” going on to perform unbelievable acts of bravery. I want to focus on the everyday heroes that we interact with on a daily basis.
It is hard to find someone who does not remember a teacher in their educational past, who had a positive influence in their life. A teacher who saw something in them, a special talent or an interest, and encouraged and cultivated that interest until it became something that helped possibly mold or change their life in a profound way. Sometimes, that might be the only educator we vividly recall. Why do teachers do this? More than likely it is not for the money, it’s most likely a love of educating and shaping young minds. They devote countless unpaid hours to grading papers, developing lesson plans, and mentoring students who might need a little extra help. A good and caring teacher can impact students in so many ways.
What about volunteers who devote time, money and a lot love to a cause they feel passionately about. These unsung heroes might feed the homeless or send care packages to soldiers overseas or show up after a natural disaster to help those affected in any way they can. More often than not, they get little more than a simple “thank you” and a warm feeling in their heart. These people profoundly affect those that they help in a myriad of unforeseen ways. Some travel far and wide and sometimes put their lives in danger just to help their fellow human beings.
We can’t forget about the healthcare workers, first responders and firefighters who protect our everyday lives. This is often times a thankless job with few accolades and recognition. These people put their lives on the line to protect our lives and property. Without these unsung heroes, life as we know it would not be possible.
I finally have to mention all the mom’s out there. Thank you for being just who you are. Loving us unconditionally, always understanding, always being there, making us who we are, making our lives fuller and richer, and making us better people. You changed our diapers and listened when we were brokenhearted after a teenage romance fell apart. Without you we would not even be here!
What do all of these people have in common? They give of themselves for the greater good. They don’t receive parades and accolades. Most of the time the principle motivation for these people is simple love. It’s a love for serving others, a love of life or the unending love for a child.
We here at Rogue Consulting Group want to celebrate the unsung hero’s in our lives. We want to thank them and encourage you to do so as well. Take time out of your busy week to thank the volunteer at the soup kitchen, the nurses, firefighters, first responders and teachers in your lives. Most of all, let the most important unsung hero in your life, your mom, know how much you appreciate all she does. To be rich in life is not to have money and power. To be rich in life means that you are surrounded by people who will do things to and for you. Surround yourself with those people and reciprocate in kind.
“When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will man realize that money cannot be eaten”
Ancient Cree Proverb.
I additionally want to give a shout out to MY heroes, all those who are currently participating in our inaugural Battle Ready Fitness course. You guys are awesome! So many of you are reaching deep and giving it everything you’ve got every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You guys are facing both physical and mental challenges like true heroes. Thanks to all of you! Keep up the hard work and know that Jon, Rhod and myself feel truly blessed to have you in our classes.