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Heroes Come In All Shapes and Sizes
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 • Posted December 17, 2008

CNN recently honored some people that had given of themselves to others. They referred to them as heroes, and justly so.

The people they were honoring came from all over the world. They were helping folks in New Orleans rebuild; treating AIDS in Africa; digging irrigation wells in South America. The range of help provided by CNN's heroes was wide, and might not fit everyone's definition of a hero; but, to those they are helping, they are so much more.

During the Christmas season, we often try to pick the perfect gifts for those that we love. We think about the things they enjoy, and we try to find something that will fit into that niche. And, if we have resources remaining, we often try to help people we don't know.

We give extra during the tithe at church, helping our missionary programs. We drop off canned goods to the Food Bank so that others can enjoy a holiday meal. We bake extra goodies and take them to those who don't get out often, making their days a little more special.

There are so many ways that we, like those honored by CNN, can be heroic, albeit, on a local scale.

Nursing Homes

Many of the residents of nursing homes yearn for visitors. Often, their children and relatives live far away, and can't come to visit very often, so just having someone drop by with a few cupcakes and thirty minutes of conversation can mean the world.

Charitable Donations

No one can deny that it has been a rough year economically, and there doesn't appear to be any relief in the immediate future. Those of us who can need to find organizations that we know can do the most good with our donated funds, and then give what we can. If you've got someone on your Christmas list that already has everything, you might consider giving a gift in their name to their favorite charity.

Neighbors and Family

The Christmas season is a time when we gather with friends and family to share the love of the season. It's important to notice the neighbors that don't seem to have visitors, or don't seem to be heading anywhere, and make them part of your celebrations. Also, make sure that all your family members are included in your own gatherings. The things that have happened in the past can not be changed; but, the Christmas season offers an opportunity to head in a new direction with those relationships.

The People You See Every Day

The most easily overlooked people in our lives are the ones we see almost every day. They are our coworkers. They are the customers that we have in our businesses. They are the people working the counters of the businesses we patronize, or waiting on the tables at the restaurants where we eat. Be a hero to these people. Tell them how much you appreciate them. Say please when requesting something, and thank you when you receive it. Say hello when you see them, and wish them well when departing. Let them know that you are glad to have them in your life.

These are your heroic challenges. Good luck being the hero I already know you are.

It’s all just my opinion, but it’s what I wish would happen.

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