daily heroes lead

A dictionary is a terrible place to find the definition of a hero.

It says a hero is "a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities."

That's far too stuffy. Fact is, you know a hero when you see it.

And we suspect you are seeing them every day during these tough times of the COVID-19 outbreak, which Monday night at midnight becomes a "stay home" time for at least the next two weeks.

We want to share the news of your "Daily Hero" with everyone in north central Ohio through Richland Source, Ashland Source and Knox Pages.

Use the form provided here to tell us about someone who has had a positive impact on your life since this outbreak began.

The late, great tennis player, Arthur Ashe, had a different, perhaps less formal, approach when asked how he defined a hero. He also knew something about medical epidemics.

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost," said Ashe, who died at age 49 in 1993 after contracting HIV from a blood transfusion during heart bypass surgery.

The stories and information you share with us need not be anything dramatic, though we would love those, as well. 

Maybe someone delivered food to your door. Maybe someone called to re-connect with you, to brighten your day and to make sure you're doing OK. Maybe someone just held a door open for you (while maintaining proper social distancing, of course).

We want to know stories of how these heroes are helping all of us stay together socially, mentally and emotionally -- even while remaining physically apart.

Who is making or has made a difference, even the smallest ones, in your life?

How important is it that we stay connected and stay together during these times?

Mother Teresa, who spent her life helping others, including those dying of from HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, believed in the effect of society doing things collectively.

"I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together, we can do great things," said Mother Teresa, a nun who was canonized after her death in 1997.

Industrialist and car maker Henry Ford also hailed what we can accomplish when we work together. He didn't invent the assembly line or the automobile. But Ford found a way to marry the two to create vehicles that Americans could afford to buy.

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success," said Ford.

Need a more blunt example of what could be on the line here during the COVID-19 outbreak? At the time the Declaration of Independence was being signed, Benjamin Franklin offered a stark analysis for those leading the effort.

"We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately," Franklin said.

So tell us: Who is your daily hero?

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