Recently it feels like we have faced a weekly disaster. From Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate to the earthquake in Mexico to the Las Vegas shooting rampage, we have been confronted with tragedy.
Amidst these dark events, there have been bright spots where heroes have emerged. In addition to the first responders, strangers, neighbors and other unlikely angels have stepped in to pull people to safety, save lives and give rides to hospitals.
While hopefully most of us will not be faced with these major tragedies, we can all be heroes in our daily lives.
The Oxford dictionary defines hero as “a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.”
When we stand up for someone who is being bullied, abused or outcast, when we volunteer our time or when we commit our resources to a cause, we make a difference.
You don’t have to be superman or superwoman leaping out of buildings or pulling people from fires or flooded homes.
In these times, showing compassion and civility to colleagues, neighbors, and strangers or offering support to others that gives new possibilities and hope are examples of nobility.
We never know when our voice, actions or courage shift someone else’s world. When we are able to do so in a positive way, that is a form of heroism.
What small things can you do to be someone’s hero?