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The True Hidden Hero

My dad had no experience whatsoever in video production and he spent hours putting this video together to encourage others to look beyond the "Hollywood" lifestyle to find the true hidden heroes. So I did just that. David Bornancin, this is for you.

To The True Hidden Hero.

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A wise person once told me, “How You do One Thing is How You Do Everything,” and as I was reflecting on who I look up to the most, I realized the biggest hidden hero was right in my own home.

Colossians 3:23-24 tells us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

If you don’t know David Bornancin, his work alone shows his character, one we all can learn from.

He is a living and breathing example of someone who gives 100% effort at everything he does, not questioning, not complaining, but rather, always with a smile on his face. Even in the difficult times he is always ready to either make a snickering joke to relieve tension and stress others feel, or provide words of inspiration.

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He has dedicated his life to 30+ years in the software industry working for some of the top companies in the world, but more impressively, those who work with him speak of him with words of affirmation, remarking on his consistent character, hard work, and leadership.

As a kid, I was always inspired by my “cool dad” who traveled the world and would bring my brother and I little tokens from the places he went to, but it wasn’t until I reached adulthood and that our family had to endure true hardship not only financially, but with my mom’s development of a long-term disease, that I got to be a true witness myself to his incredible character, complete selflessness, and utter servitude.

I have watched and worked alongside him for 10+ years now, and have seen him not only put in 150% into his work day by day, but his care of my mom has her Alzheimer’s hit with rapid progression.

Taking care of someone with a terminal illness is hard enough, but to see how far and beyond he goes not only grounds me, but shows me how we are called to live our lives, as a service to others, as a source of hope and light in a world that can sometimes feel so dark.

There are so many examples I have gotten to witness, but one that just sticks out to me is seeing him, after not sleeping at all, take the time to wake up early and prepare what looked like a gourmet breakfast for my mom, sitting next to her and patiently feeding her before he started work.

Most people think, “It doesn’t really matter what someone with Alzheimer’s eats, they don’t know the difference.”

That’s not the way this man works. As I see him bustle away in the kitchen he goes, “Your mom loves steak, she’s going to love this.”

After all these years, he still tries to give her the best he can. Seeing his complete servitude and love for her probably destroys modern-day love for me, which has become a casual laxidasical, self-serving affair based on convenience and self gratification.

 

In his free time you think he would need to hit the bars, or do something to take his mind of off things… but no. You find him teaching himself Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition and writing inspirational videos to help spark a little inspiration into the lives of those around him.

You see him ask questions, and really listen to the answers. You see him really invest in the world, using his ‘free time’ to research and study other cultures.

Coming from a Bible college and a community where questioning what we have grown to know is unheard of and taking on any state of vulnerability can lead to criticism instead of acceptance, he openly discusses and questions the world around him, wanting to dive deeper into our purpose and living out our calling, staying up late having discussions on the Bible, going on 11 mile hikes that he is completely ill-equipped for, but pushes through.

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They say how you do one thing is how you do everything, Dad, you are a shining example of someone who gives 150% to every aspect of your life, thank you for being My True Hidden Hero.

Love,

Your Daughter.