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Be A Hero!

Be a Hero!

Today is my 21,358th day on earth (3051st weeks; 702nd months). What have I accomplished? Do I make every day worthwhile? Do I act like this will be my last?  Hmmm…

Did you watch the Seahawks game on Sunday against Miami? Russell Wilson is being heralded a hero for his actions in the fourth quarter, playing on a sprained ankle. He led the team on a 14 play, 75 yard series to score a touchdown and win the game. What a performance.

Dan and I say the movie Sully on Sunday. Starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, it chronicles US Airways Flight 1549 and its Captain Chesley “Sully” 

Sullenberger.  On January 15, 2009, without engine power because of a collision with a flock of Canadian geese, Sully lands the plan in the frigid water of the Hudson River. He lands the aircraft and saves the lives of all 155 passengers and crew onboard. It also sheds light on the NTSB investigation that followed. The investigation suggested initially that there was enough power in one of the engines for Sully to have landed the plan at a nearby airport.  The eventual conclusion is that Sullenberger took the best possible actions and saved the lives of all aboard.

A hero is defined as someone who is noted for courageous acts of nobility of character.  According to, it also includes those people who, “…in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and is regarded as a role model or ideal.”  I think all of us have the potential to be a hero, just like Wilson and Sullenberger. We all have the ability to positively affect the lives of others.  Especially in an environment like CWU, where we come in contact with young people and their families on a daily basis, we have the opportunity to really make a difference.

I’m also reminded of the famous quote by Thoreau:  “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.” I’ve read enough Thoreau to know he believed our trappings, our possessions, our inattention to simple things is the root of this desperation. Thoreau would have us strip our lives to the bare essentials.  I think meaningful interactions with others are essential for us to truly live. Part of what makes us honorable, what gives each of us the chance to be a hero, is how we connect with others.

So, my commitment this week is to make days 21358, 21359, 21360, 21361…days of value. I want to grab every opportunity to treat others with dignity and respect, to go the extra mile, to bring a smile to someone’s face. I hope you’ll make the same commitment.  Be a hero!


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