Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

Ashley Ryckman15 comments
There is something about this weekend every year that stirs up a lot of emotions. School will let out soon, so my kids are itching with the anticipation of warm summer days. The thought of family picnics, swimming at the lake, and late night bonfires makes me smile too. It’s that first taste of what summer has in store. We’ve endured another long, cold winter in western PA, so a long weekend of chaos and relaxation somehow harmonizing seems to be exactly what we need. But seeped into the weekend plans is the real reason for this weekend. The men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our freedoms. How incredibly humbling it is to stop and think of all of the loved ones lost so that we can continue to live freely. We find little ways to show our appreciation. Flag decor, sharing stories of those who have served, maybe a parade or a special Sunday service. We remember and we continue the traditions so that future generations never forget.
I got to thinking about the topic of heroes this week. What makes a hero? Are heroes born or made?  Who determines what actions qualify as heroism. The Wikipedia definition of a hero is as follows:  A real person or a main fictional character of a literary work who, in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity,bravery or strength; the original hero type of classical epics did such things for the sake of glory and honor. On the other hand are post-classical and modern heroes, who perform great deeds or selfless acts for the common good instead of the classical goal of wealth, pride, and fame.
As I was researching ideas for this blog, I started thinking about the heroes in my life. The post-classical modern type. It made me think of the many people who have helped me or guided me to become who I am today. From my parents and extended family to teachers and pastoral staff, friends and acquaintances who’ve poured into my life over the years. I can’t help but think of how many unsung heroes exist out there. Whose stories aren’t told and quietly drift into history. From brave military heroes, to single moms and dads, to 12th Grade English teachers. Do they know what influence they have?
I would wager to guess that many of the pivotal quotes and pep talks that ring in my mind were spoken by people who haven't a clue the influence that they had on me. That they had no idea that the motivational anecdote they offered would be the thing that has gotten me through extremely hard times in my life. Do you know the influence that you have on the people around you? Are you aware of the effect that your words and actions have on the people around you? I think that many of us don’t think about such things on a daily basis. We don’t recognize the domino effect that a simple act of kindness can generate.
The majority of us will never put on a military uniform. Nor will we know the heartbreak of loving a soldier that never comes home. But we can find small ways to pay honor and tribute to them everyday. Because of their sacrifice we can choose to wake up everyday and decide to be world changers. Even if it's just paying for a cup of coffee for a perfect stranger, holding a door, giving a compliment or even just a smile. Small acts of unsung heroes.
 So as you remember our fallen heroes today, I also hope you remember that even if you feel weak you can still be kind.  True power is in giving instead of taking. 
Chic Blessings friends,
 
 

Contributor/Editor: Kristy Porter

15 comments

bridget stevens
bridget stevens
My favorite thing is peekaboo shoulder shirt
Nancy Gauthier
Nancy Gauthier
I would like to say thank you for always being so giving and caring. When you watch Ashley and her amazing team you can’t help but be happy. For someone so young she and Sean have helped so many kids feeling loved and wanted. She is very proud of them. Every day I appreciate my family and friends. No matter what you are going through just realize it is only temporary and keep moving forward. Learn from our lessons and just let the bad stuff go. Pay it forward everyday. It could be holding a door open, just saying thank you or checking on a senior neighbor. You got this and you have super Hero strength too. Use it for the good.
Dana McCurdy
Dana McCurdy
I love this topic my fathers has been gone for 25 years now and he is still my unsung hero. I love him for all he ever did for me and made me what I am today. He was a army man but he was so much more to me and I miss him every day but remember him every day also for what he made me to be and what he added to the world with his kindness.
Laura Sturgis
Laura Sturgis
Ashley you are very talented and have truly became a part of my life . I enjoy watching you and wearing your clothes. And the blog is almost one of my fave things! My father was a 23 yr navy vet he recently passed away . But he sure served his country. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views on different topics. Your the best. Your friend laura
Amy Skelton
Amy Skelton
What a great word!! Respect is earned and those who have served our country so that we can be free and continue to be free deserve our love and respect! Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve. God Bess America!!
Gigi
Gigi
Power of giving is magnificent ❣
Lisa
Lisa
I’m reading the responses to your blog and the one that struck me the most is from Pam. The most important thing we can do for our soldiers that have served in uniform and died, is to keep their memory alive. Talk about it, share stories, pass the memories along so they are never forgotten, it’s the least we can do. To touch on what you said about the affect you have on others. Care for others, pay it forward. Pay for someone’s meal in the car behind you at the drive thru window? Do it! It feel so good.
Melissa Wilson
Melissa Wilson
All so true Ashely! I’ve started just the past year, along with many other life changes, to make a conscious effort to be a positive influence on all those around me and be more kind. It truly makes a difference in my own life and others.
Frankie Sanders
Frankie Sanders
I absolutely love reading your blogs. This one is so touching. We all need to always remember all of our fallen soldiers who served and paid the ultimate price of, their life to protect and give us our freedom. Show respect for them and to all who are serving now. For me, it’s so much easier to be kind, respectful and loving to all people. Please treat people as you would like to be treated.
Dawn Petrus
Dawn Petrus
Ashley again another amazing blog. There are many things you said they make me look at things on a different level. How one act of kindness can make someone feel. Something as little as letting that car get out into traffic. I know I do that and am happy when someone does that for me. But yes the men and woman who have given their lives for our freedom thats an amazing unselfish hero. Thank you to al past, present, and future heros!! Thanks Ashley for another great blog.
Jeanelle
Jeanelle
Reading this blog I had so many mixed emotions. Because of these men and women who have given their lives so that we can be free and for the men and women who continue to do so but at the same time the way are country is now I’m scared to be an African American even though I was born and raised here some people still fill as though we should not be here. I’m scared because everyday I wonder is this going to be the day that I encounter someone who feels that way. Even though people continue to give there lives for what so many of us believe in I have to wonder because the color or my skin will I ever really be free. So for my comment but this hit me hard
Fawn mattocks
Fawn mattocks
No,i never really know what kind of influence i have or have had on people.somtimes i wish i could hear peoples thoughts just to know if anyone ever though i was beautiful,a great mom,too mean,too nice etc and them not just saying it just bc its the nice thing to do.
Bridget Fitzgerald
Bridget Fitzgerald
This blog is so very true on so many points the heroes fought for our freedom they are not just another person these are men and woman with families that they are never going to see again they deserve to be honored with the upmost respect thanks Ashley for a great blog happy memorial day to you and all the acb family💞
Karen
Karen
I loved everything you said in the blog it’s all so true. Please everyone show respect to those who have served and are serving. But try to show compassion to everyone in life just my thoughts
Pam
Pam
We are who we are by those that came before us. Just as we will be the ones that come before. To honor those who we desire to honor we must keep their memories alive. Share stories of your heroes with others. Tell your children and your grandchildren about these heroes. Be the keeper of someone’s memories. Luv ya. Hugs

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