January 7, 2022
The caped crusader, the man of steel, and Princess Diana – just a few of our superheroes who come to mind saving the world when a catastrophe strikes.
However, with covid’s arrival, we found new superheroes.
They were the quiet ones that we never knew had such heroism in them.
They were the neighbor – what’s her name? – down the street, that young grocery clerk we never pay attention to, or the nurse who gave personal care to our dying loved one while we stood safely outside in the parking lot viewing through the hospital’s glass window.
You see, several of these heroes didn’t make it through the first year of Covid. They gave their lives to serve the rest of us while knowing that each day serving the public could be their last.
I believe the character of these individuals developed over years and not something that sporadically arose. Just as during 9-11 with the twin towers collapsing, there were those regular people giving their lives to help others they never knew for those few last moments of their own lives.
So, when the checkout lines are long or the service waiting times are absurd, I relax and say, “thank you”, because I know they’ve trained a lifetime to have a hero’s heart to serve me while haunted by thoughts of their own mortality.
And I train daily with My People to live up to the hero standard – God’s standard – as well.
FOR GOD’S LOVE … BUILDS … HEROES!
Now using My S-T-O-I-C STORYTELLING method:
(S) My partner has tested positive for Covid, what do I do?
(T) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
“Now a bull is not made suddenly, nor a brave man.” Epictetus
(O) I will support my hero physically and mentally through this time as they have served the public selflessly during Covid.
(I) I realized heroes are built over years to perform for those few minutes with immense bravery.
(C) I improved my resolve to train daily with God’s heroes for my time of heroism will also surely come.
The Stoicess’ Secret? When we all need a hero for the fight, look no further than your own life.
Here’s the video if you’d like to watch.
January 19, 2022
January 19, 2022