Thank you all for chiming in and joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and below! As promised I have my response today, taken right from the parenting and relational gurus themselves Mac and Julie Richard of Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas. I heard this at a parenting seminar they led last year, and it covers the gamut of outright and “creative” lying — verbal, nonverbal, gestural or via Jedi mind tricks (my fave!).
Every comment holds value and I would love to hear yours! I will share mine at the end of the week!
Question of the week – Who is your Hero and why?
Thank you for sharing your heroes with me on Facebook, Twitter and here on this site. A hero by my definition is anyone who does the extraordinary for another or the greater good – we all have the capacity to be heroes in someone else’s life. As promised I did select one extraordinary hero from your submissions – Helen Keller. Thank you @irrationalliving for your comment:
“Definitely Helen Keller. The reason is because, before she existed, what she did would have been considered impossible. And then she was born blind and deaf, into a family that didn’t know how to help her…and she became a famous inspirational author and speaker. I think anyone who does the impossible progresses the human race because the only limits we have are the ones we impose on ourselves. Now no one can say what she did is impossible for someone else to do, because she has already done it. She is absolutely my hero.”
When I think about Helen Keller and what she was able to accomplish it seems impossible. She is exceptional and known worldwide because of her ability to push far beyond the “apparent boundaries” set before her. This information is commonly known. What stood out to me was the possibility as to why she was able: it was her disability that gave her the ability to supersede all expectations for her life. Think about it — what often stops us from achieving our dreams? We conceive a thought, it sounds wonderful, it looks amazing but often once we start moving in that direction we are faced with opposition. Opposition that we must push through in order to make our dreams come to life. I propose that what Helen was lacking was the very thing that kept her focused. She didn’t have access to the wealth of opposition! She couldn’t hear the voice of distraction, she couldn’t hear people tell her no. She couldn’t reflect upon the looks of disappointment, disdain or discouragement. She didn’t know people didn’t believe in her. What she did have was her innate desire, her passion, her drive and her determination…and ultimately her success. What are you going to push away to achieve greatness? Stay focused and you will give your autobiographers something to write about!
My obvious earthly hero would be my mother, Saintalia Lozama. Today she is 70+ years young! She is a pioneer, becoming the first person -not just woman- in her small town in Haiti to learn to ride a motorcycle. She was a teacher, a missionary, directed plays, had her own radio show (whose influence remains today), a nurse. I could cite any or all of these reasons as to why she would be my hero – but it is her faith and resilience that makes her my number one. I love you and cherish the legacy of faith and perseverance you have left for us. Thank you!! Happy Birthday!!
Please leave your comment below or join us on social media @joycyaunplugged on twitter or Joycy Ann Unplugged on Facebook. One special hero will be chosen from the comments submitted and highlighted here on this blog. I look forward to hearing about your hero!