I know far too often the word "hero" is used these days, especially in the world of sports, but today I want to tell you about two different heroes who are heroes in my eyes anyway, for two very different reasons.
The first is a man named Narayanan Krishnan. He gave up his job, his way of life, to spread love for his fellow man and he now spends his days, every day, feeding the homeless and mentally ill in his hometown in India. Narayanan chose a path of love, while most of us follow paths of hatred, greed, anger, jealousy, obsession and consumption, Narayanan made one simple decision, LOVE.
The second hero I want to bring to your attention is a woman named Erin Carr-Jordan, a child psychologist and mom of four, who has been investigating play areas in fast food restaurants throughout eleven different states. This first video is from back in September.
Now while she may not be a hero in the true sense of the word nor match what others may define as a hero, I think she is because she is bringing to light an extremely important topic - our children's health and really, what is more important than that?
So how did the fast food chains respond to her complaints, to her bringing to light these very dangerous conditions in their restaurants?
By cleaning up their play areas? Please... that would be admitting a problem.
No, it's much easier to just ban her outright, which is precisely what they did.
Yeah, that'll show her! And those like her!
Are you kidding me?
Put your head in the nearest pile of sand and magically the problem will go away.
My wife Terri is always, ALWAYS leery of letting our kids play in a fast-food play area and obviously she had good reason to be...
'Til next time...