You may be
acquainted with a real-life hero!
An American tourist in Tel Aviv was about to enter the impressive
Mann Auditorium to take in a concert by the Israel Philharmonic.
He was admiring the unique architecture, the sweeping lines of
the entrance, and the modern decor throughout the building.
Finally he turned to his escort and asked if the building was
named for Thomas Mann, the world famous author.
"No," his friend said, "it's named for Fredric Mann, from
"Really? I never heard of him. What did he write?"
There are many kinds of heroes, and Fredric Mann is a hero to
many concert goers. But you don't have to be famous (or wealthy)
to be a hero. That honor may go to just about anyone -- perhaps
you. You may have never considered yourself much of a hero, but
you could be wrong. The fact is, most people's heroes and role
models include those closest to them -- family and friends.
Harold W. Bernard said, "There are unrecognized heroes among our
ordinary neighbors." And Kenneth E. Clark, former president of
the American Psychological Association, once said this about
heroes: "Heroes stand for what is right. If someone is our hero,
it's because that person does what you would like to see
accomplished." Maybe they rise above adversity with dignity.
Maybe they exemplify perseverance. Maybe they show unusual
courage in terrifying situations. Maybe they love the unlovable
and live with quiet grace.
Actor Mel Gibson said of his father, "He's my hero. I learned
from him never to quit and never to stop striving to improve
yourself. He gave me a foundation of belief without which all the
fame and success and money would have overwhelmed me."
Real heroes are not always famous. But they DO make a difference.
So, this is for you -- the unrecognized and quiet heroes of
everyday life. Thanks...for being you!