Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heroes for Today’s World

My life has a superb cast, but I can’t figure out the plot. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Have you ever considered the cast of characters in your life? I’m delighted to possess relationships and friendships that enrich my life. In a world where there are few cultural heroes, most the people in my life could easily sport a hero’s cape. That’s a good thing because if someone were to ask me to list my heroes from today’s culture, I’d be hard pressed to come up with a decent list.

The other day I considered the people I journey through life with, and I found myself counting my blessings.

The people who are a part of my life, for the most part, are those with admirable qualities. I admire the way they live their lives when difficult challenges spring up like redwood forests before them. I admire the way they overcome disappointment, the way they plod through circumstances that no one wants to deal with.

Just as inspiring are the ways they reach out to others and show their love and concern. I have friends and family with a playful sense of humor, a devoted sense of duty, and a capacity to see the best in a situation. They are generous with themselves in sweet and surprising ways.

To be honest, I’ve found that if an acquaintance does not live up to my standard of being someone to admire, I tend to drift away, and the friendship doesn’t grow. Sorry if that sounds shallow, but it's honest.

What about you? Who are your heroes?

8 comments:

Robbie Iobst said...

"I admire the way they live their lives when difficult challenges spring up like redwood forests before them. I admire the way they overcome disappointment, the way they plod through circumstances that no one wants to deal with."

Megan, me too. I'm discovering that folks who persevere get my attention and admiration...and my friendship. Folks like...I don't know...YOU! :0)

Megan DiMaria said...

Aww. Thanks, Robbie. You're one of my most admired people too.

diane homm said...

Some of my heroes...my son in special forces who takes no recognition for himself, but willingly gives for others. People like Jerry Jenkins who give when they certainly don't have to. Yes, people who persevere and overcome when those big redwood problems of life enter. - My friend, Delores whose family endured a horrendous crime last year. She never ceases to amaze me with her love and forgiveness. The list could go on! Thenk you Megan, for brining such thoughts to my remembrance!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for joining the conversation, Diane!

Jackie said...

Your post got me thinking about my heroes. Some of my heroes excel in areas where I am weak. They are people I strive to be more like. People dedicated to walking with Jesus everyday.
And Dianne's son in special forces.
And you. Your love of family and friends shows through to me in what you do and who you pray for.
So glad you posted this today!

Megan DiMaria said...

Thank you very much for your kind words, Jackie. I appreciate it.

Donna Pyle said...

This post was like reading my own mind and friendships. I couldn't agree more - I tend to drift away from people that I cannot admire in some way. God has blessed me with rich friendships and I am the richer for them.

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks for joining the conversation, Donna. I'm glad that I've met you.