I’ve got a vague idea of what I intend on writing. That’s a bit less than knowing what I’m going to write, but a bit more than usual. Of one thing I’m sure, it’s not about heroes. Hell, I’m not even on planning on using the word about which I’m thinking about writing. I’m just thinking about writing about words like “hero” and “heroes.”

If you listen to the news, everyone is a hero. Now and then someone does something heroic, whatever that is, and he or she is called a hero. Or, more commonly, someone does absolutely nothing of note but is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is touted as a hero. And of course, you can have a particular job and you are immediately a hero when there is a good chance you were just looking for a job and not looking to be a hero. It’s an overused word, and being overused causes it to lose meaning.

“Hero” is just one of a bunch of words that meant more when used less. There is a caring sort of word that is similarly overused by some. It’s a powerful word and, while some overuse it, sometimes people don’t use it when they should. Sometimes people are scared to use it because they are not one of those who overuse the word because they understand what it is to be a hero, and it’s not just a vocation or being in the right place at the right time. It means something. Words mean something and some words mean more than others.

So, this is for those.

If you know, really know, not like a child, but as someone who has weathered a few storms, as someone who has had the life experience to know how words can be powerful, as someone who has sworn off powerful words, understand that by limiting your expression you also are limiting your experience. This is one of those things that you should hold onto tightly because it means something, but when you are holding it so tightly that it begins to hurt, let it go. “Care” (or whatever) and let the expression of it allow you to “care” about more. Let it go not caring if it returns. Take that chance with all that is you knowing that to do so could open you up to devastation. And should you fall, get back up and “care” again.

Take that chance and be a hero.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

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