Five Minute Friday — Hero

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker ( who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This week’s prompt is HERO. The timer is set … so here goes. {clock starts now}

I’ve written about this before. My kids often call me a hero, but I solidly reject that theory. I’m just a guy trying to get by as best I can, I’m just older than they are so I am more experienced.

I  look around and see so many other people who are true heroes, doing heroic things, putting their lives on the line so I can live mine. I’m not in their league.

No, the true hero in the family was my wife. Karen was the glue that kept if all together. Through sickness and health, through lean times and good  times, she was there. And, of course, as she battled cancer her true colors glittered brightly. She valiantly fought it and accepted her fate without complaining. She was the hero in the family.

Quite honestly, I am lost without my true hero. Karen was not only my wife for 40 years, but she was the proverbial wind beneath my wings. She knew how to lift me up when I … STOP

… was down. And, conversely, she knew how to gently — and sometime no so gently — knock me down a peg or two when I got too cocky. She was my rudder, guiding me to the safe harbor where my Anchor rests.

And as I’ve stated before, my life song, The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, states,

If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
You’ll be there between each line of pain and glory
‘Cause you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.

Me? I’m just along for the ride!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.


About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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6 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Hero

  1. vernette says:

    just one big {{{hug}}} for you.

  2. Your wife sounds as she was a remarkable woman. Beautiful post!

  3. sandy Kimmel says:

    Thank you for the encouraging words left on my blog last week. I am so sorry for your loss, the wind beneath your wings. My prayer is that you will be filled with grace and comfort that only Jesus can give. Life can be so very hard. But His Goodness never faulters.

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