The recent celebration of Labor Day and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 are good times to think about heroes — those people who have exhibited unusual courage in the face of challenge and hardship. We have national heroes, of course, but we should have personal heroes too, and I challenge you to celebrate the hero inside of yourself as well.

I was honored to be invited to submit an essay about my personal heroes to the latest book from The Gratitude Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes. It's a free e-book, and I hope you'll download and enjoy it, along with the complimentary Gratitude Journal which you can also download. My essay  — in honor of my mother and father, Jim and Betty Herbert — is on page 61, but I posted it earlier today as a separate blog post here at Heartspoken: “The Courage to Age Gracefully.”

So who is your personal hero. Please share below and tell us why.

I believe there is a hero in each of us…usually evident when we least expect it and in response to a challenge or hard situation. Trust your inner hero and celebrate him/her when the time comes. You are stronger than you think!


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