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?