Let’s run through them, shall we?
Character traits of a HeroHeroes are concerned about the well-being of others Heroes tend to have compassion and empathy. It is these traits that would provoke someone to run up a burning building whiles everyone else is running out as those brave firemen did on 9/11. Heroes can see things from another’s perspective They are selfless and try and “walk in someone else’s shoes” so to speak and can think beyond themselves. Their thoughts consistently have the other person in mind and how their actions will affect others. Heroes have humility Heroes don’t walk in front of you, they walk beside you. They don’t look down on you but rather into your eyes with grace and compassion. Many times they don’t even know the incredible traits they possess, which many times is what makes them so admirable. They have incredible valor They are there in times of need. They step in to help physically or emotionally when others are too weak to carry out the task; putting their fears aside for the betterment of another They make sacrifices Without hesitation they make sacrifices. Where most hesitate, they do not. They are persistent Even in the face of fear they persevere. Setbacks don’t discourage them but rather motivate them to do better and be better. They have a strong moral compass Something that is lacking so often these days. Heroes live by their values and do not waiver. Even if it means putting themselves in a bad situation, they continue to do what is right by these morals.
So when was the last time you were someone’s hero?When did you show heroic traits? Many of you will realize that you demonstrate these traits more than you thought. Some may realize they could try a little harder to show their kids, those that look up to them and possibly even themselves how heroic they can be.
How can we be a hero in every day life?It’s simple. Take time to speak to your lonely neighbor that people are too busy in their everyday life to engage with for 10 minutes. Visit that friend in the hospital that is sitting alone just passing time. Volunteer and participate in kind acts always while your children are watching – be their role model, a role model that is a real life hero in their eyes. Teach your kids to be brave and to reach out to the child that is sitting alone at lunch. Emulate the values you want them uphold and show them the benefits of a life with a strong moral compass and how people respond to them. And most of all be persistent. Don’t just challenge yourself today or tomorrow. Make sure every day you wake up knowing you are capable of achieving something amazing and that heroism has not randomly chosen you, but rather you have decided you are heroic in your own right. If you have a hero you want to recognize this amazing women who contacted ISP has a site and FB page specifically for honoring these individuals. I encourage you to check out www.personalhero.com or Facebook personalhero.
So the questions stands, who will you be a hero to today?