Frey Freyday – Hero

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Hero – \ˈhir-(ˌ)ō\ – a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. Joseph Campbell

If the Constitution was a movie, the Preamble would be the trailer, the First Amendment the establishing shot, the 13th the crowd pleaser and the 14th the ultimate hero scene. Henry Rollins

In order to become a hero you have to make sacrifices. John Barrowman

I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom. Bob Dylan

I’m saying to be a hero is means you step across the line and are willing to make a sacrifice, so heroes always are making a sacrifice. Heroes always take a risk. Heroes always deviant. Heroes always doing something that most people don’t and we want to change – I want to democratise heroism to say any of us can be a hero. Philip Zimbardo

A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. Plato

The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is. Joss Whedon

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve

WORD TO LIVE BY:

Hero – Anyone can be a hero. You are probably someone’s hero – or at least you can be.

I’ve seen my parents act like heroes on behalf of others. They got no credit or recognition in that moment but even now, years later, people younger and older still come up to me and mention it.

There have been lots of people that have done or said things for or to me that meant so much. Simple words, actions, decisions. People did things that they didn’t need to do, and typically they didn’t gain anything for it.

In the movies, the hero often faces one big challenge and overcomes it with great drama. Everyday heroes often make choices each day, often with sacrifice to themselves, and they consistently do little things for the greater good. Being a hero means being a leader and taking a stand. Being a hero takes work, heroes can be ridiculed, and certainly being a hero can be lonely.

Most of us see or know of a situation where we could contribute to the world and be a hero. Some of us don’t have the confidence in ourselves, we’re scared, and often we don’t take the action. Some of us simply say, “It’s not my job.” Will we make a mistake? Will we look like a fool? It’s easier not to be a hero. However, when you take a step forward, you’ll find the strength, courage, and find a way to do it. All of us have the strength and guidance inside us – all that we need – to be a hero anytime that we want.

I recall one time there was a group of us facing the same situation and, seemingly mostly out of anger, I made a stand and said something. It was a small thing and I really didn’t think it through but it worked out. Had I thought it through, I might have been intimidated or hesitant. In any case, I didn’t think that it was heroic in any way. Years later, I saw someone from that group and they told me that they thought I was quite brave for doing and saying what I did. She told me that it inspired her to take action in her own life.

We never know the power of how we can influence and inspire others. As I stated above, you may be someone’s hero. Do the right thing. Make a decision. Take action. Be yourself.

I believe that all of our past failures and frustrations were actually laying the foundation so that we can be heroes. It is your decisions and your actions, not your conditions or labels that determine whether you’re a hero.

Being a hero actually means being a servant to something bigger than one’s self, and focusing on the greater good, as opposed to just your needs, will reap massive rewards. I think that it’s important to recognize the everyday heroes and equally important to strive to be a hero.

BONUS:Real everyday heroes!

http://www.cnn.com/specials/cnn-heroes

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

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