posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 04:27 PM
I would have to say John Wayne.
Yeah, I know I should say my Dad or Jesus or somebody that helps little kids suffering from cancer ...
But it is the Duke.
So many times as a kid, I watched his movies on TV, be it the Sunday Afternoon Theater, which usually ran on Sundays after football season or maybe
the ABC Sunday Night Movie..
Anyway, more correctly I liked the characters he played... they were my heroes. Funny, so many times now I catch myself doing very John Wayne kind of
stuff.. being a leader at work, at church, in the community, or even just doing the right thing, I find his influence. The way I treat people, even
those I don't agree with, or how to treat a woman, or standing up for your beliefs... even when they are not popular or with the crowd.
Some rules and reasons why John Wayne is my hero...
- Never hit a woman.
- Always tell the truth.
- Love little children and dogs... and horses.
- Always know the odds before you get in a fight... and when it is smart to just walk away.
- Always stand up for what you believe, know why you believe it, and be able to verbally defend it.
- Don't be too hasty to judge and respect someone else's view even when it is different than yours.
- Never dismiss a woman's abilities.
- Believe in things bigger than yourself...be it God or ideals or dreams.
- Know right from wrong, and if it doesn't feel right 100%... it is probably wrong.
- Don't ever fight unless you have to... and when you do, fight to win.
- Being a man doesn't always mean being a hard ass... sometimes it is OK to cry.
- Being a man means doing things the hard way sometimes, things that are scary or harsh.
Tommorow morning, I have a hard task in front of me. I have a 36 year old horse that I will have to put down. He is old and going lame and we can't
get the weight on him that he will need for winter... he is hurting. It is not fair to let him suffer any more. Tommorow morning, I will feed him and
brush him one last time as he eats... and then lead him down a path to the back pasture and shoot him. It tears my heart out and I am crying even now
to just think of losing my good and dear old friend... but it is the right thing to do....
My wife can't do it and my kids won't do it... so I have to be the man... the SOB that will put down a trusted companion of many years... knowing in
my heart that it is the right thing for my old horse... and having the courage and strength to do so is why John Wayne is my hero.