CFN – As I traveled around making deliveries today I was struck by all the negative news and comments from people. Suspicions of community leader’s motives, disturbing social media postings and anonymous threats, international news of violence and, of course, complaints about the weather seemed to follow me everywhere. It was just depressing me. It seems that Facebook bullies get more press than good Samaritans these days. While there is nothing I can do about the weather I think it’s time to recognize the daily good deeds of ordinary people, the Everyday Heroes.
I’m not talking about people who leap into burning buildings to save kittens or such because they do get their proper recognition. Who I am talking about are ordinary people who commit selfless good deeds for other people, friends or strangers. Even just being polite or cheering up a sad friend or helping someone to cross the street, it’s worthy of being considered heroic. It doesn’t have to be a world shaking event with 4 by 6 glossy pictures on the front page of CFN. It’s just people helping other people without any expectation of a reward or even notice.
If you look around you will see heroic events being committed every day. I have a list of people who I consider heroes but today I am only going to mention the first one that comes to mind. It’s not because he is any greater hero than any of the others on my list. It’s because I can look out my office window at home and see him committing good neighbourly deeds on a daily basis. My first Hero is my neighbour Paul Hebert.
Paul with his wife and two sons, are about the best neighbours that I have ever had, and I’ve had a few. I have always found them to be cheerful, friendly, and non-judgemental. They are quick to lend a hand when needed but are respectful of my privacy. That is what makes them good neighbours.
What really raised Paul to heroic levels in my eyes occurred during the snow storm in the first week of December 2012. I was suffering from a particularly nasty cold that included infection in both of my ears. It was in the middle of the afternoon, it was cold and dark outside, and it was snowing. I was sitting in front of my computer in my basement office trying to work on a consulting project and not doing very well. I was feeling very sorry for myself and dreading having to go out and shovel the snow off my driveway. In the middle of my misery I caught a glimpse of something moving outside my window. There was my good neighbour Paul scraping the snow off my driveway. He didn’t ask me if I would like him to do it nor did he wait for any kind of acknowledgement. He just did it and moved on to another driveway. There is no kind of cold medication that could have made me feel better than that one act of kindness.
So my first entry for the Everyday Hero of the week is good neighbour Paul of Ingleside, Ontario. Unknowingly, he provided physical and emotional relief to a self-pitying, sick, whiney, old man in his hour of need.
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