Heroes are people like you and me. Who choose to act selflessly.
Heroes give all they have, then give some more. Heroes take action when action’s called for.
Heroes pick themselves up when they make mistakes. Heroes keep trying. They’ve got what it takes.
Heroes are willing to give their all, They stop, look, and listen, then answer the call.
We look to heroes to show us the way. To go the extra mile, to seize the day.
So be kind and helpful whenever you go. For someone may look to you as a hero.
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In my classroom my students read the above poem titled “Heroes” and discussed what makes a Hero.
We talked about how Heroes come in all forms. Not all of them wear a uniform and seldom do they get enough appreciation and thanks that they deserve.
The poem made me start thinking about Heroes. It really stuck with me. I asked my students to who they considered a hero.
The younger students named superhero’s they have seen in movies like Spiderman, Batman and the Avengers. The older students listed Fireman, Policeman and Soldiers.
I asked a 5th grader the same question, he answered “my Dad”.
Sometimes Heroes are easy to spot because of what they wear. Fiction superhero’s wear disguises often using red and blue colors. Those who protect us in civil service and military jobs wear uniforms to identify them. We learn as kids that fireman wear red hats and police wear blue uniforms and a badge. We watch on the news when “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things to help save other peoples lives. The official national colors of the United States are seen on the American flag: red, white, and blue. The United States flag’s represents Heroes that have helped shape and protect our Country.
As I listened to them read the poem it struck me ~ it was the perfect poem to describe the Fibro Warrior.
The parent/grandparent that spends all of their “spoons” taking care of their children’s needs from cooking & laundry to volunteering as a Girl Scout leader or in their classroom.
The adult children while facing their own health issues will travel to visit their aging relatives even though it is so much more difficult for the fibromite to travel.
The Advocate/Leader who works tirelessly at the cost of her/his own health and pocket book travelling the country spending day & night to ensure others are trained advocates to help “Make Fibromyalgia Visible”. They fight for the awareness, education and laws that are needed to protect those of us facing an invisible yet very debilitating illness.
The friend who continues to put others first helping them during a time of loss or illness all the while wearing a mask forcing a smile trying not to show their true feelings of pain, exhaustion and depression.
The child still learning how to express their feeling of pain and isolation. Often struggling to convince adults(parents, teachers, doctors/nurses) that even though all the tests show there is nothing wrong with them the pain doesn’t go away.
Purple is a combination of red and blue. Red often represents fire and pain (flare-ups). Blue is not just a calming color but it can also be used to describe sad/depressed.
It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. Purple is a good color to use in meditation.
Using purple in your life can help to rebalance your life, remove obstacles, calm overactivity or energize for depression. It can uplift, calm the mind and nerves. Purple is symbolic of bravery and courage.
Whereas, Fictional and Non-Fictional heroes uniforms/costumes are often red and blue. It makes sense that the invisible heroes use a purple butterfly or ribbon to show our alliance in an army fighting against an invisible enemy. Heroes can be described as “a being of extraordinary strength and courage”,
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
~ John Wayne