Whether you live on the fictional Star Trek Enterprise or planet Earth, life is filled with troubles, trials and tribble-ations, also known as tribulations.
According to the dictionary a hero (male) and heroine (female) are basically the same thing except that the gender is different.
hero: a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities.
heroine: a woman admired and emulated for her achievements and qualities.
Do you have a hero or heroes? Who are my heroes? As far as Star Trek is concerned, the tribbles were the heroes.
The Trouble with Tribbles
In the 44th episode of the original Star Trek starring William Shatner as Captain Kirk, the starship Enterprise is called to Deep Space Station K7 with a distress call by Nilz Baris, the under-secretary of agriculture for the sector. Baris asks Kirk for his assistance to guard the shipments of grain.
During this time, Cyrano Jones, an independent trader, shows up on the station with some creatures called tribbles. He gives one to Lt. Uhura and when she gets on board the Enterprise, the tribbles are treated like pets. Tribbles softly purr which relaxes the crew, however, they soon discover that tribbles reproduce quite rapidly and eat anything they can consume.
Where do you think the tribbles go?
You guessed it! The tribbles find the shipment of grain and start pigging out on it. The crew finds the tribbles in the grain and also discover that the tribbles are dying. It doesn’t take long to put one and one together to know that the shipment of grain had been poisoned and the “bad guys” were caught shortly thereafter. Since many of the tribbles ate the poisoned grain and died, they saved the lives of humans who would have otherwise eaten the grain instead. In a roundabout way and applying a loose definition, the tribbles were heroes.
Troubles, Trials and Tribble-ations
No one is immune from having troubles, trials and tribble-ations…I mean tribulations.
trials: a test of faith, patience, or strength; something that is a source of irritation.
troubles: something that requires thought and skill for resolution; something that may cause injury or harm.
tribulations: distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution; a trying experience.
There are many ways to handle the troubles, trials and tribulations in life, but heroes handle them…well, heroically. They not only continue trudging through the problems, but their attitude is one of hope and a belief that the end will work out.
Just like the tribbles in the Star Trek episode, heroes put everyone at ease. A hero has certain traits that are easily recognized and admired:
- transcending the situation to a favorable outcome
There are many reasons that we admire a hero, but the most basic is that we don’t believe that the heroic act(s) they have performed can be replicated in our own life. That is why their deeds of heroism make such a big impact.
Modern Day Heroes – My Heroes
A hero is not perfect. I do believe that there are people who perform a heroic act once in their life, but that doesn’t make a hero for the rest of their life. I’m most impressed by someone who combats many things heroically over a long period of time. Someone who sets an example that I would like to emulate.
A few obvious heroes for me would be Christopher Reeve (paralyzed in an accident), Patrick Swayze (fought cancer), Elizabeth Smart (kidnapped, found) and John Walsh (son kidnapped and murdered). My heroes are people who have done things that I don’t think I can do. They have the attitude of hope and happiness into the future in spite of all the bad things that may be happening. What keeps them going? They believe that they can make it, that they can do it, and that they have it within themselves to beat whatever odds are against them.
The next two people probably won’t be much of a surprise either. My dad was not my hero, however, he heroically died. Maybe that isn’t much to you, but since he failed at so many other things in life, the dignity he had as he fought the ravages of cancer gave me hope that some of those genes are in me too. On the other hand, my mother has heroically trudged through one horrible circumstance after the next always believing that there is sunshine behind the dark clouds and a pot of happiness at the end of the rainbow. As I continue to fight the war against PTSD, I constantly remind myself that I came from not one, but two brave people. Believe it or not, knowing those things about my parents has helped me during the low times of life.
Surrounding yourself with good people lifts and inspires you to be the best “you” possible. The next three people will not be identified simply because they are my private heroes, but I want to tell you a little about them to illustrate their heroism. When “Hero 1” discovered that she had a brain tumor, several of her children were still young. Actually, she was still quite young and very beautiful. Not only did she live her life with love, compassion and kindness, she died with grace.
“Hero 2” didn’t really live a heroic life, but he overcame alcohol and drugs to remain clean and sober for over thirty years. His life hasn’t been easy either because he has already buried three of his children. I am still baffled with how a person can survive the loss of a child especially since I came so close to losing my own.
Last, but not least, “Hero 3” has fought numerous health issues and yet he still has an overall “life will work out fine” attitude of positiveness. Since one of his problems is PTSD, I can relate with the struggles in that area and know the devastating effect it has on living each day in a semblance of normalcy. Because he also has other medical issues heaped on top of the PTSD, I find his heroic attitude inspirational and at the same time mind-boggling.
All of “my heroes” have exhibited admirable traits that I want to exemplify and feel that I currently fall very short of this goal. It is important to have heroes in your life because they give you hope that it is possible to succeed. Not only can we succeed, but we can succeed with dignity, honor and courage.
Heroes suffer troubles, trials and tribulations just like the rest of us, but being tribble-oluminescent sets them apart from the crowd. During the low ebbs and friction causing events of life, heroes continue to emit light while setting their luminescent example for the rest of us to follow .
Who are your heroes?
What heroic traits are important to you?
Did a hero change your life?