October 14

Heroes are Borne From Their Circumstances…

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This Week’s Focus Point

By Dr. Jason Carthen

Dr. Jason Carthen: Heroes are Borne from their Circumstances

Play Your Game of Life

It was during training camp, and the play was supposed to be a normal sweep around the left side of the field that was sure to gain 7 to 10 yards and a first down for the offense. Instead, the young man cried out as the jumble of bodies converged on him. Amid the pats on the back and yells of “great play,” by the defense, the running back was not getting up from the ground…it was only then that you could see the compound fracture and the bone jutting from the skin.

Circumstances Dictate Our attitude

In an instant, the young man’s career was over and he had a choice…let his circumstances dictate his attitude and future or begin the long path through grief recovery and maximize other options. It was in that moment that a hero was born. Sometimes, especially in leadership, people suggest that heroes are the stuff of legend or individuals that are untouchable with characteristics’ that are not normal.

Heroes are Found Among Us

However, I believe that heroes are found among us as we go about our daily routines and tasks for completion. A leader, who is heroic, is consistent, unmoved during times of trial, and able to think more highly of others than themselves. In short, a hero is someone like the young man whose career was cut short, but remained undaunted by circumstance while preparing for the next chapter in his story.

When have you experienced a situation that brought out the best in you?


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