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Title: Parents Are Heroes

Category: Positive Parenting


      In recent news we saw a young father pack his wife and young son in a cave and set off into the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to try and save his family.  Through a near miracle and the persistence of his love in helping his wife and son, he finally found help after 24 hours of walking in a blizzard storm through the snow.  He and his wife both have serious frost bite on their feet but they are both alive and their baby is fine. 

      This story is a beautiful example of a parent's love for their child.  The father and mother were so physically exhausted they were ready to give up and pass into a peaceful slumber in the snow.  The harder choice to continue walking, walking and walking through the snow despite frost bite on their feet was made because of their love and devotion to their son.  How often do we see such heroism in everyday parents all across America. 

      I see on a weekly basis parents like this who go the extra mile for their children despite physical and emotional exhaustion, particularly parents of handicapped children and children with serious diseases.  I rarely hear them complain or curse God.  They are usually people of deep faith and they take life one day at a time, supporting each other with the help of family and friends for the good of their child.  This type patient is always an inspiration to me personally and helps to keep my minor problems and physical complaints in a proper perspective.

      We also saw in the news recently an unbelievable story of a couple who abandoned their 9 and 4 year old children for over a week to go on a trip to Acapulco, Mexico.  They were apprehended by the law when the children ran out of the house into the snow without proper clothing and it was discovered that they were left alone. Unfortunately, this type parent is also common in our society.  I certainly feel sorry for this type of parent and I think we all need to reach out and try to teach them some common sense parenting and devotion skills for at least the sake of their children.   A parent's love for their child is certainly one of the most beautiful types of love around.  How else could a mother or father continue to give up their own life day after day and year after year for their child unless they had this deep love and devotion and faith.  I pray for all parents who give up much of themselves for the betterment of their child and I praise and commend them for their courage and their persistence. 

      Follow the example of Jesus in serving others, in loving your child, your spouse, your friends, and everyone you encounter.  Jesus loved everyone including the sinners, the prostitutes and those most in need of help.  Through your life accomplishments you can make the world a better place and let your loving nature be the character trait emblazoned on your tombstone.  Follow Og Mandino's advice from the book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, "I will greet each day with love in my heart, and how will I look upon all whom I meet?   In only one single way, I will look them in the eye and I will say in my heart, I love you.  I will greet each day with love in my heart and I will succeed."



 1.  The Bible (filled with God's universal laws of success, happiness, peace,  prosperity and everything we need for every situation).

2.  The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent      Peale

3.  The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino.

4.  Seeds of Success, by Dr. Dennis Waitley.

5.  The Sky is the Limit, by Dr. Wayne Dwyer.


(Each of the above authors has several other powerful and inspiring books; I recommend them all.)

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