Thursday, October 13, 2011

Where is your hero?

Today it seems many are searching for a hero.  They’re looking behind doors and around corners, in search of the ever elusive hero.  Why?  Often times, the people who we think are heroes disappoint, either failing us too consistently or at the absolute worst time.  Regardless of whether we’re talking about politics, leaders, families, athletes, etc. the canvas we see tends to want, almost demand, a hero be included in the brush strokes of our perspective.  It goes to say that with the search for these heroes there is a part of our psyche searching for villains, those we can heap the most blame on.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a terrorist, a competitor, or a person who has a different belief of God or politics: our mind is amazingly adept at enveloping them with a villainous fog.  I’ve decided I’m tired of this way of thinking; hopefully, others are also tiring of it.

I remember Ted Turner’s efforts to start the “Goodwill Games.”  It impressed me so much that I wrote a letter to TV Guide saying something really corny like “before people can work together they need to learn how to play together.”  I was around 12 years old and they actually published it (my first and only attempt at writing professionally until my recent novel, A Work in Progress).  As I think back about my letter to TV Guide I’ve come to a conclusion.  We need to stop looking around for our hero and instead, look inside our own selves and become the best hero we can possibly be.  This doesn’t mean we’ll be successful but it does mean we’ll be striving to be a better person and once we have obtained being a better person we then need to try and climb another rung of that ladder in our effort to become a hero.  As we take each of those steps we’ll be making our part of the world a little better.  Even the renowned Dr. Phil has a quiz you can take in order to see if you’re on the path to becoming an everyday hero, try it and see where you stand on this quest - (

We’ve all heard about the individuals surrounding us who are doing the best that they can.  Am I?  Are you?  If each of us makes a conscious choice today to become a better person tomorrow will that change the world?  Probably not, I don’t think there are enough readers of my blog (it would be pretty cool though, wouldn't it?), but we will make a difference in ourselves and to those around us.  Somebody has to be first, why not us?   Let’s try and do something extra tomorrow…heck, let’s try to do something extra tonight and then, when tomorrow rolls around let’s do it again.  Each day we’ll be striving to be better and it won’t matter whether we reach hero status or not because somewhere along the way we’ll have made a positive difference in somebody’s life and like the concept of “paying it forward” who knows where this might take us!  Maybe tomorrow it’ll be helping someone you don’t know or putting down what you’re doing to pick up and comfort a crying child.  You see, heroes to me aren’t worshipped and rare; they are average people doing the best that they can do.  That’s why I created the character Jeremy Jackson in my novel.

He’s not a rhetorical hero; he’s a real one, a regular guy who has to make difficult choices and struggles making those choices.  Is he always right?  Absolutely not!  To me heroes in the real world, or at least in “Larry’s World,” aren’t perfect in their choices but they try really hard to make the best choices.  In one of my favorite television shows (NCIS) there’s a character played by Mark Harmon: Leroy Jethro Gibbs.  Now, let me tell you, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a hero.  I don’t care whether or not he’s real; he’s still a hero to me.  Is he always right?  No (almost though) and he has his flaws.  But that’s sort of like my character Jeremy Jackson – he’s not always right but he’s always trying.  I believe we each have a bit of hero inside; some more evident than others, and whether or not we find that hero our efforts to be a better person are what the world needs!  If you like what I’ve said and/or the way I’ve said it maybe you’ll check out my book.  But even if you don’t check out my novel please tell others to look inside themselves and search out the hero hiding there; let’s start making a difference together and let's start today.

If you want to see how Jeremy Jackson takes on his challenges you can find my book at for either the Kindle or in print and see for yourself, if you want to let me know your thoughts you can check me out on Twitter @AboutmybooksLS, email me –, go to my website or go to my novel’s Facebook Page at!/pages/A-Work-in-Progress/225449777471634.


  1. "You see, heroes to me aren’t worshipped and rare; they are average people doing the best that they can do"

    I agree so much with your statement about everyday heroes. That is where we need to focus. Heroes are those around us everyday - the key is to truly open our eyes to see them.

    I look forward to reading about Jeremy Jackson.

    Stay well, Larry!


  2. I followed the link from your message in Goodreads. Very intersting thoughts and very well said.

    I completely agree with being your own hero. You should make an active effort everyday to do the right thing. One thing that stands in the way here is that people normally want to get credit for what they do. It's more difficult to do the right thing when you realize that it may only matter to you and nobody else will really care. It's important to not worry who gets the credit, and then real things will get done.

    With all that being said, I still think there is a place for role models. I don't think the current environment supports the idea of traditional heroes anymore. Things like the media and social networking do an amazing job of stripping all the layers away from politicians and athletes until you realize how human they actually are (please keep in mind that I'm not against the media or social networking, it's just the reality of the situation). Therefore, you either have to lower your standards for traditional heroes, or you need to look for ones outside of the normal box. Maybe you had an uncle that was in the Korean War or there's a lady across the street that volunteers at the SPCA three times a week. People don't have to be famous to be heroes, and they certainly don't need to be famous. Sometimes, it's enough to just do the right thing. Anyway, that's just my $0.02.

    Thank you,

  3. Thanks Max, Kim and Patricia - I appreciate your well said comments and agree. Please tell others about the blog - maybe we can get more people to realize there is more that each of us can do. Thanks again!