Father Schneider writes in today about ‘Hidden Heroes’ he’s met throughout his life. It is a wonderful concept, for even strangers can have a strong impact on us if they act right.
Where can we find heroes for ourselves and for the next generation? In an almost hero-less society, we can’t go about it in a haphazard way. I like the suggestion Wendy Shalit made (she’s the author of A Return to Modesty, if the name sounds vaguely familiar but you can’t put a finger on it). She says “we must all somehow, step up and become heroes for one another.” So often, we can look for role models but Shalit’s comment reminds us that if we want heroes or role models for adults and for kids, we ourselves need to become those people.
Sometimes we won’t even know that our actions had an impact. I can remember in elementary school I played saxophone so well that I inspired one of the younger kids to pick it up as well. (I only know this because his mom talked to mine.) It’s important to always put your best foot forward, since we don’t know who might be taking it to heart. What do you think?