It is a touching thing to see the many wonderful stories about people helping people through this latest crisis. There is a certain synchronicity which seems to happen in times like this among journalists and victims and men, that makes the positive stories shine a little more and get a little more time in the sun than during a normal news day.
Here’s my question. Does it really take a crisis to be a hero? Do we need starving children or an oil spill or an earthquake/tsunami two-punch to see the incredibly beautiful things people do every day?
What about a smile to a sad looking kid while standing in the grocery line? Or a nice big thank you to the dude who bags your groceries? There are so many who are heroes on a daily basis and never get recognized. It is, truthfully, not about the recognition, is it? But still the effect is the same inner goodness as the more extreme acts of heroism which come with a major catastrophe such as we are now witnessing in Japan. The pictures are not taken, the stories are not written, but the heroic act is still there, with the full effect (and beauty) intact.
You made somebody feel good. You helped somebody get to a better place. You don’t have to run a soup kitchen to be my hero. You don’t even have to smile at me. All I ask is that you take a second, every day, to ask yourself this question: “Am I giving the world the person I know I am?” It does not need to be witnessed or appreciated or validated. You know in your heart who you are and what you are capable of.
You do have a gift, or you would not be here. It is up to you to foster and develop it, to use it to continuously evolve into your highest good. I believe in you. Do you?