Will the real hero please stand up?
I have to be honest. I’ve been troubled over the past few weeks at all the attention that is being given to men who the media prop up as heroes. You know the types: Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong among others. My son’s 7th birthday was yesterday and it saddens me that he won’t have any real heroes to look up to.
It’s time for the honest and genuine men to step out of the shadows; it’s time for the real heroes to shine.
“Call For Men to be Men!”
It’s time for men to be men:
- Men with manners
- Men with style
- Men who do right
- Men who treat women with respect no matter what society tells us is okay
- Men who will love, care and lead our children to be great human beings
It is time for us men to put down our iPhones and pick up our children. It’s time to show them they are more important than whatever is on our iPad.
It is time to love and respect our partners. It is time to treat yourself with respect. It is time for men to be men.
Real men know how to dream. Real men know how to lead; better yet real men know how to be led. Real men are not a fantasy. They live and work with us every day.
Stop! No Really Stop
This isn’t the call for perfect men. This isn’t a call for fake men. I can spot them a mile away.
Fake men look and act like they have it all together.
These men are fooling themselves. We’ve all been there and I’m here to tell them to stop. If you think you’re guilty of being fake or perfect: STOP!
It’s simple. Be a hero to those around you. How you may ask? Be real. Be a man of character. Be a man of honesty. Be a man that thinks of others first. If men would just be themselves without the ego there would be no shortage of heroes for our kids to look up to. If men would be committed to their marriages, if men would be honest with themselves and those around them, if men would do what is right, we would never have to look for heroes again.
In the coming days some of my heroes, men that I respect are going to come here and tell you who they see as heroes. They will tell you who they see as real men. Why? Because we all need to see what a real man looks like. We all need to be reminded that they are out there. They’re real men, real heroes who are living life around us, with us.
I want to shine a light on the amazing men among us. The ones who’ve heard in their own lives “Will the real hero please stand up?” and they answered. They live honorable lives. They live their dreams. They lead because they know they have too.