Unsung heros are just ordinary people who make good choices in difficult situations. They step across invisible boundaries to do what's necessary to help people. We can each be heros when life gives us the opportunity, but sometimes the heros surprise me.
In my neighborhood there are several older men who scrape out a living selling coconuts or fish. They live in dirt floored shacks, often with family, and count their spare change as precious. A newspaper and a package of crackers is the starting point to a good day, and they enjoy both, sitting on the sidewalk in the early morning sun. With these few possessions and no assurance of another meal later on, they will cheerfully share their crackers with stray cats and dogs, who roam hungry along the streets. The men know hunger and share because they see a need. They don't want even an animal to suffer.
One young man, with a family of three children came to work for me. He was short on money and asked for an advance and a mid-morning break to buy some food for his family's lunch. When he came back, he turned out his pockets and showed me he had no change. After taking care of his own family, he had given his last bit of money to a neighbor who was in worse financial shape. "I have the good fortune of a job today." he said shrugging.
In the midst of the rainy season, one of the coconut selling men came to my door. He told me that my gift of food had come in handy, because two days ago he had found a young boy outside his house, all scraped up from a street fight, hungry and wet. The man took the boy in, gave him a spare pair of clothes, fed him a hot dinner, and let him sleep on the bed. The boy was soon 'fit as a fiddle' and had proven himself not to be a theif so was staying around for a while. The coconut man had been grinning cheerfully during this story. He put his hand on his heart, looked up at the sky and said, "God takes care of us all!"
When life shows me these heros, I am reminded of a deep faith in the goodness of the universe, to provide us each the necessities of life. God's giving comes through humans who have both deep understanding and kindness, and a will to act. I feel most motivated myself, when I notice these heros and strive to be more thoughtful to those around me. For unsung or not, they are certainly appreciated!