November 05, 2004

Be A Hero
Continuation of the "Courage" series

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I think of the word hero, I think about a person who stands head and shoulders above everyone else. Distinguished. Different. Great.

There is a hero inside each of us. Unfortunately, we don't always allow that hero exposure to the rest of the world.

A hero does uncommon things. A hero surpasses the thought process of an average human being and climbs to a higher level. A hero takes the different path. She surpasses what is expected of her by the rest of the world and does the uncommon, unusual thing instead, thereby displaying great strength, courage, and nobility. Character shines through in a moment of heroism.

The wonderful thing about being a hero doesn't mean that you have to commit some huge, outrageous act (although that is wonderful, too!). It simply means moving yourself to action where you see something more that can be done, but isn't being done by anyone else. You really can be a hero in five minutes.

It only takes five more minutes to:

  • Speak a kind word.
  • Extend sympathy/empathy.
  • Listen.
  • Smile.
  • Give a child a hug and tell them how special they are.
  • Call someone and tell them they've been on your mind.
  • Secretly give an anonymous gift to someone who is feeling down.
  • Make a new friend.

ACTION POINT: Be a hero today!