#89 Hero

I wrote an essay a while ago and I wanted to share it with you today. (Not just because I’m failing at my challenge but because it is an easy post. lol) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but is brave five minutes longer.” In books and movies, the heroes fight crime, solve mysteries, and save damsels in distress. Everyday heroes are people that help others without thinking about themselves. They serve through simple acts of kindness and they do it with love. There are many examples of everyday heroes in history, but one of my favorite examples of a hero is my dad. My dad is like every other man in this world. He does good, he helps others, and of course, he still makes mistakes. The thing that makes my dad a hero to me is his perseverance and faith. No matter how hard life gets and how much he wants to give up, he gets up every morning, prays and keeps going on. When he teaches me, he does it in a Christlike manner and when I mess up, he doesn’t give up on me. He stands up for truth and he has faith that everything will work out for the better. He has shown me it doesn’t take a war to be a hero. Another word for bravery is courage. In a movie called “We Bought a Zoo” the main character, Benjamin Mee, taught his son a great principle that even if you can only have pure courage for 20 seconds, it will make all the difference. I have implemented this in my life several times. For example, we went on a waterfall tour and we had the opportunity to jump off and slide down a couple of waterfalls. When it was time to decide if I was going to go on the slide or not, I used my “20 seconds of courage” and I went down the waterfall. I felt a bit claustrophobic, but I was glad I did it for two reasons. One for bragging rights, and two because I faced one of my fears. Being brave does not only mean you have to do crazy, daring, or dangerous things. Bravery is getting up each day without knowing what life will throw at you. Bravery is having faith that everything will be ok. Bravery is my dad! With bravery, you can concur anything! Like Benjamin Mee said to his son, “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. I promise you something great will come of it.”
Thank you Daddy for everything you do! I love you! Sincerely,

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