The isolation of doing something that goes against the mainstream can knock us off our game. People want to fit in, etc. Modeling heroism in today’s world takes commitment and a strong will to make a difference. It takes the courage to stand alone in your beliefs. It also takes the strength to get back out there day after day to fight the fight, bring awareness to a cause, save a life, teach children who are struggling just to survive their lives outside of school, protect people, protect animals, protect the environment... Modeling ordinary heroism in my day to day life means finding common ground with people and understanding what is important to them and being able to identify with them. It means being who I am, speaking up, and not bending to pressure to disregard my principles to fit in. It means lifting people up for what they've accomplished and encouraging them to continue on.
Modeling an ordinary hero is summed up for me in the quote below by Marvin J. Ashton:
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart - one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.”
I have to ask myself: Are there any 'ordinary' heroes? My answer is: I don’t think so. Even ordinary acts of heroism are extraordinary."