“The Gratitude Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes” began as a remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001 and a finished as a message of hope, inspiration and gratitude for the “hidden heroes” in our lives. In these pages, you’ll discover how these heroes lead us to strive for more and go beyond perceived limitations. Enjoy this special eBook edition from TheGratitudeBookProject.com! More
What makes a hero?
It’s not a course taught in school.
It’s not a subject discussed around the dinner table.
Instead it’s a personal declaration—one that stems more from an observer versus the one being called heroic. This edition of The Gratitude Book Project® started out as way to remember the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 and all that was lost. We wanted to do our part to promote peace in a world too often focused on our differences rather than commonalities. We hoped to, at the same time, to keep gratitude in motion by expressing it out loud and giving this eBook to anyone and everyone who wanted one. It didn’t take long to realize that it is nearly impossible to reflect upon the events of 9-11 without stirring up our thoughts and feelings about heroism and what that means to us collectively and as individuals. So we expanded our idea to also commemorate the courageous men and women of that event who gave us all so much to be proud of—not only as Americans but as members of the human race. In these pages you’ll find descriptions of the people who possess qualities or characteristics others want to emulate. You’ll find how a hero’s existence shows a person how to question their perceptions about limitations, and you’ll find out what it takes to inspire others to do the best they can with what they have. Though what defines a hero to each of us may vary, the majority of people would agree that in general, heroes have a number of traits in common: • They are concerned about the needs of others or the defense or support of one or more moral convictions • They are willing to risk a potential sacrifice to their own reputation or well-being • They are under no obligations or requirements to do anything • They do not anticipate or expect rewards or recognition Most of them are, in fact, ordinary people. But what separates a hero from everyone else is his or her choice to take action and put ideas into motion. It is the act a person performs that is considered extraordinary. When it meets the above criteria it is considered heroic—and we believe the stories contained within will demonstrate that. We hope you enjoy The Gratitude Book Project: A Celebration of Personal Heroes, a special edition from TheGratitudeBookProject.com!