Darrington Library Blog

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Where Are the Heroes?

Who are the heroes in our society? Where are those who help society, nurture children, and act as positive role models? Newscasts are filled with stories about adults yelling or brawling at games from little league to professional, politicians calling each other names rather than focusing on the needs of our country, and sports figures, musicians and actors and actresses acting irresponsible. Here are a few celebrities whose actions might warm your heart and give you hope.

Drew Brees has played professional football with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. In 2008 he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Brees exhibits true sportsmanship in his career and his life. When Drew is not playing football, he is busy helping raise funds for cancer research and to rebuild schools, parks, playgrounds, athletic fields through the Brees Dream Foundation. You can read more about Drew Brees’s work at www.drewbrees.com. There are some good websites about sportsmanship and parenting at life.familyeducation.com and www.sportmanship matters america.com.

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress and author of several children’s books. She is the National Spokesperson for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. Jamie Lee Curtis became involved in this foundation after her son, Tom, had a serious accident and was awaiting surgery. The nurses brought in a Starlight Starbright Fun Center for him to play with and it was successful in alleviating his anxiety and pain while awaiting surgery. You can check out some of Jamie Lee Curtis’s children’s books at the library. Two titles are: Big Words for Little People and Is There Really a Human Race.

Trace Adkins is a country music singer. At the age of 9 months, Trace’s little girl had a severe allergic reaction after licking the lid of a peanut butter jar. Trace joined the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network to help raise awareness and funds for food allergies and research toward cures. Check out www.foodallergywalk.org where you can find more information and track the organization as it works toward its goal of raising $2,790,000 for research. You can check out Trace Adkins CDs at the library. Try Greatest Hits Volume II.

Look around your community and you will see many heroes. Heroes may be celebrities and corporate officials who quietly make a difference without asking for notoriety. Heroes are also the mother and father who take time to teach their children and friends good sportsmanship. They are the people who work to raise money for cancer research or other worthy causes. Heroes are people of all ages who spend time being a friend to a child or someone else who is lonely.

The media may give the impression there are few heroes in our midst, but that is incorrect. Unsung heroes are everywhere. Offer a kind word, and you will be someone’s hero. You may never know the difference you made in their life. Those little acts of kindnesses and good will not only have a positive effect on someone else’s life, but also on yours. Take the time to do something positive each day with no strings attached. You will benefit just as much as the other person from the good feelings those actions produce.