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Heroes and Stars show up only in the dark

December 7, 2009
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Heroes and Stars show up only in darkness…But they’re there all the time…all through the day…you just don’t see them…

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Even in the darkest patch of night sky, if you had a telescope sharp enough, you’d see stars which you normally couldn’t with the naked eye..

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We all watch, experience, participate in, awards functions…We’ve all experienced reward and recognition kind of events and activities….and somehow, they’re like this too…Only the visible stars get all the focus…

There are heroes all around us. While we’re busy making a big noise about the CEO who turned a company around, we forget to notice, even mention the large number of people, without whose support it would have never happened.

The woman who works in the cubicle next to you, who comes to work with a heavy heart every day, because her mother’s dying of cancer…but who goes about her work efficiently and with a smile…she’s a hero..

The woman who’s in a bad marriage, has no love, but continues to stay because of her children…she’s a hero…

The old man down the street…lost his wife 2 years ago…still faces life with a smile every day…he’s a hero..

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While all the sales folks, the hefty ops guys get all the attention, most of us forget the 70% of employees on whose shoulders the organization runs..they’re the real heroes..

The civil services run this country…but the heroes you see, are the politicians…

So take a moment today, to look for the heroes you don’t see…the heroes who’re all around you..  And take a moment to acknowledge them…your wife, your children…your boss…your secretary…the doorman…they’re all heroes…everyday…

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Prashant Singh Rathore permalink
    December 10, 2009 11:19 am

    The world is changing, isnt it…..for good! 🙂

  2. December 9, 2009 1:45 pm

    @Monisha With all due respect, I’d disagree with the “coward” piece. Yes, in an ideal situation, a woman should have the courage to leave a bad marriage, but without know the case-by-case scenarios, it’s hard to judge isn’t it? 🙂

    • Monisha Advani permalink
      December 9, 2009 2:00 pm

      i think the article refers to a generic state and therefore, mine is a generic view. and hopefully, consumable to all with a progressive bent of mind. the term ‘coward’ is not meant to denigrate; in fact, it should heighten the state of victimization in the case of the exceptions you refer to. i do not agree with elevating women in such situations to heroes. that is like accepting their plight as a fait accompli and subverting their need to seek help/ independence. those who break out of bad marriages and survive are the real heroes.

  3. Monisha Advani permalink
    December 9, 2009 1:16 pm

    so who are your heroes?

    nice article… only, one divergent view. the woman who stays in a bad marriage is a coward. the woman who stays in a bad marriage for her children is a bigger coward.

    MA

    • gurprrietsiingh permalink*
      December 10, 2009 11:56 am

      My wife…agree with the distinction you’ve made…

  4. Hanu permalink
    December 9, 2009 10:19 am

    This post is fantstic! This is what all about seeing invisible! I loved it. Thanks for writing this!

  5. December 9, 2009 2:30 am

    Excellent, excellent post and I couldn’t agree more. This is why I write so frequently on the importance of opening the opportunity for recognition to all — but not just to receive recognition, but also to give it. Without the solid work of the “middle tier” of employees, your top performers could not perform at their high level. Similarly, without the strong, consistent work of those in support roles, those in the more visible, public roles could not be as successful.

    The research supports this, too. I’ve referenced a couple of reports in this post: http://globoforce.blogspot.com/2009/04/employee-recognition-who-do-you-involve.html

  6. December 8, 2009 9:19 am

    The summit is an aggregation of many layers of ‘mountain’ ! The base is no less important just because it is less taller than the summit !

    The summit is no summit without the base !

    Some of of the traditional dance forms that i know of, begin with a prayer to Mother Earth. A prayer of thanks, for bearing the dancer when he/she dances.

    A sense of acknowledgment, gratitude is such a big differentiator. Yet becoming rarer by the day.

    Wonderful post !

  7. December 7, 2009 11:52 am

    The more grateful we become towards our smallest of the blessings, the more heroes we spot everyday. Somewhere inside, we start developing feelings of empathy, kindness, appreciation for these little yet great efforts of everyone around us. Parents, a rickshaw puller, the domestic helps – every single person is a hero in their own way. Thanks for this short and lovely post that acted as a reminder one more time.

  8. December 7, 2009 11:30 am

    Love this post! 🙂

  9. December 7, 2009 11:15 am

    And the wife & children who sacrifice their time to bask in your glory.

  10. December 7, 2009 11:02 am

    Another meaningful post!
    We really need to get beyond the “star syndrome”. The “winner takes it all” culture isn’t necessary the best one to foster.

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