So, who is the hero inside of you? What secret do you hide? My guess is if you are anything like me, we do not see ourselves as a hero. But we are. Through our selfless actions and deeds, we perform daily for others.
Helping your neighbour when her lights have fused, and she has six people for dinner that evening.
Buying the stranger a coffee on the next table because he looks lost.
Helping your daughter with her homework and fixing the puncture on your son’s bike so he can get to his football match. Everyone a heroic deed.
They may not be life-saving in the real sense, but to your neighbour, when her guest arrives and the lights are working, it certainly is, as she kisses you on the cheek and says, “you are my hero.”
The stranger walking out into the cold night air after finishing his coffee, take solace in a random act of kindness and promises to do the same for someone else one day.
Your daughter gets merit for her homework, and who could forget the grin on your son’s face scoring the winning goal. You are, in their eyes, a hero.
Who have you touched
Sometimes it takes the voice and acknowledgement of others to find the key that unlocks your life. It will never be the blockbuster epic production that wins you an award; that accolade comes from those people sitting in the audience who you truly touched with your kind words and actions—no false kisses and fake smiles here.
These are the genuine people, family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, and even a random act of kindness to a stranger whose name you never knew are all packed into the front row, ready to acknowledge their hero.
And, as you walk up to the podium to accept your award. What will you say? If it were anything like me, I would be crying (just like I did at my daughter’s wedding in front of 120 people).
But, as your eyes gaze the front row, you see familiar faces, others are strangers, but they look familiar. They rise to their feet, clapping and cheering. The words struggling to come out of your dry mouth, wiping the tears away, you reply.
“I had no idea so many people would think my actions were worth applauding.”
Never the big things
It’s never the big things in life that have the most impact, time and again listening to my clients; it’s the small acts of kindness, unselfishness, and caring for a fellow human being that shines through.