It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."
— Arthur Ashe
I chose to write about heroes today in part due to last week's events in Boston. Heroes are all around us. Most walk through life in ordinary clothes until the need arises to do something heroic, from holding a bleeding person's wounds, to attacking a plane hijacker, to a police officer who risks his life to protect the public, all the way to standing up to a bully or offering a jacket to a friend who is cold even though you'll get cold yourself.
(unless we're writing for Marcher Lord Press ;-) Gotta love Jeff Gerke!
(Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2054335,00.html#ixzz2R8UYpmyD)
Anybody else getting the sense that heroes are 'other' focused instead of 'self' focused?
And I'd hazard a challenge here to say 'extraordinary acts' might be in the eyes of the beholder. For the new kid in school who can't find her way to class, a guy who risks being late to help her find her way, could be perceived as a hero to her.
This is important to note as we mold heroes for our fiction.
But, let's get down to the basics for ANY hero!
In my contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, my cattle farmer - Reese Mitchell- has core qualities shown through sacrificing his dreams for the welfare of his family and their farm. Though he's funny and ruggedly charming, his greatest hero characteritsics are his desire to protect and support the people he cares about. When given the opportunity to risk his heart, despite his fear, he takes it. (definition of courage, btw)
Of course, our greatest inspiration for the PERFECT hero is in Christ - who in his wisdom about the state of our souls in sin, showed 'care' for us by taking the opportunity to come to Earth as a human infant and risk death, hell, and eternity to save us.
Oh what a Hero!
List one of your favorite characters, either one of your own or someone else's - and tell us what CORE characteristics he posseses.