Monday, 9 December 2013
Who is a hero?
I woke up this morning to the news that Nelson Mandela had died. Tributes were pouring in for what was described as a wonderful, courageous and amazing man who has been greatly admired the world over. Certainly, he changed his world and his influence was far reaching and inspirational. No doubt a whole nation will be in mourning for his loss, and my condolences to the people of South Africa on his passing.
This news came the day after I had attended the funeral and memorial services of one of our own staff members who had recently passed away after a long battle with illness. To me, he was also a hero. He was courageous, fought hard and always sought to make the world a better place for those of us lucky enough to know him. His care for other people, his concern and thoughtfulness were great examples of fine qualities that we could all emulate.
I also attended camp for the Year 4 & 6 students this week. For many of our students, camp was a huge challenge (jumping off a high pier in my clothes would also be a challenge for me!) but they were brave, participated and enjoyed a real sense of achievement, especially as they faced and overcame their fears. In my opinion, they were also heroes.
So for me, a hero is someone who we can admire for their great or brave acts or fine qualities
and is a person who is greatly admired, maybe by the world, maybe by their friends or colleagues or maybe just by their Principal.
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the brave triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela