'What if the word victim could be redefined to mean hero, recognizing that the path some have tread will spare others from the same?'
I would like to amend that to also include 'show others the way'. The word victim can conjure up many different images for us...someone suffering from spousal abuse,
or a child abuse victim, frightened by the very people who are supposed to protect and care for her.
Perhaps a victim is seen in the face of homelessness,
or starvation and poverty.
Perhaps we envision the face of someone battling cancer or other life threatening illness when we hear the word victim.
How about heroes, what do we think of when we hear about heroism?
Do we think of those who risk their lives to help others?
Perhaps we know heroes who fight to protect our freedoms...
or someone we admire for showing strength and character.
Perhaps like many women we are waitng for our knight in shining...
to save the day!
The above quotation gave me pause because the it blurs the line between victim and hero, they can be and often are one in the same. Those who have gone before us and have suffered through life's tragedies become our heroes when they share what they've learned, when they show us the way to navigate through the hardships. Some become our heroes by sharing a wisdom learned so that we may grow without falling and failing. I have come to know a great many heroes here in blogland and in my life...so many of you have shared your stories and helped me to find my way as I deal with my sister's cancer. You have shared your life experiences to encourage me and others. When I have been unsure of my path, whether it be creative or spiritual you have shared your lessons. When you are unsure why you are going through an ordeal and if God is near, rest assured that he walks with you and that He sends angels in the guise of friends to help you to carry your load. To all of 'my heroes' I say thank you! You have all helped to make this journey I call life, bearable when it seems darkest and helped me to see the light in the joyful moments too.