Inspiration and Influence

Who Do You Inspire?  How did you discover your hero status?  Did someone write a song about it?

Did you ever know that you’re my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
’cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

from “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley, 1982.

If you’re a child’s hero, perhaps you noticed how they mimicked your behaviors or repeated your favorite phrases.  Maybe they liked your activities just because of you.

I remember my brothers and me begging to shave like our Grandfather.  As one would expect of someone who is both hero and leader, “Gramps” obliged our fantasies, teaching us the fine points of shaving years before we had whiskers.  We learned to smear shaving cream all over our faces and everywhere else, for that matter.  Then, carefully “scrape it off” with bladeless razors.  The razor worked great – no more whiskers!  This ritual made every visit special.  Even at my age today, I’d give anything to have my hero back for one more shave.

Young or old, family or not, who calls you “hero”?  Who “worships the ground you walk on?”  Most importantly, who are you teaching to shave?

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