Today I want to shed some "lyte" on heroism. Haiti is in the news and I find myself focusing not on the tragedy, but the incredible bravery of the Haitian people. Every hour, another story comes out about a family or neighbor or passerby digging someone out of the rubble, often with their bare hands.
We are prone to think of heroes and heroines as someone extraordinary, but all over this planet, every second, there are quiet acts of incredible courage being acted out. These acts are not reported on, or rewarded, or celebrated, but they are happening nonetheless.
People are facing and overcoming incredible odds and challenges. Surviving cancer. Confronting injustice. Sharing resources. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, their savings, and their homes, yet they get up every morning with the conviction that today is the day that they will find employment, get back on their feet financially, and begin again.
I think the best definition of bravery is being scared, but doing something anyway. I want to recognize all the heroes out there that are truly demonstrating what humanity is all about. If you know a hero, take the time to thank them for their courageousness and sacrifice. It isn't always a crisis that brings out the best in us, but just the ordinary that highlights the extraordinary.