My friend Mike is a hero. He started a small excavating business over 20 years ago, and despite ups and downs in his business, remains upbeat more than most. Mike works hard from dawn until dark and is always happy to see or hear from people no matter how busy or weary he is.
In his thirties, Mike fell into a pattern of alcohol abuse that left him ashamed. He was an exemplary father to his four then junior and senior high school kids. Mike defeated that problem and turned a bad situation into a positive example of overcoming weakness. That was seven years ago.
A year and a half ago, I lost my business and nearly lost my marriage. Mike was there for me as a listener and supporter more times than you could expect from even your closest friend. Still unemployed, I did save my marriage and have lots of time to spend with my wife and kids.
Mike never pushed me too hard or wore out his welcome, despite almost daily visits to check in on us. Instead, he praised our strengths and provided often-needed laughter and smiles to my troubled family.
I owe a lot to my hero and friend. He has been to many, an extraordinary example to many people - young and old - in his forty-nine years. As he drove out of our driveway the other night, I noticed his vanity plates and reflected on how subtle and appropriate they are. 'BE LIGHT'
Submitted by Anonymous
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