Did you ever know you are my hero? This verse from the song Wind Beneath My Wings written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley in 1982 and popularized by diva singers Bette Midler and Patti LaBelle should be the success anthem.
Knowing that you have heroes in your life and that you are or can be a hero to someone else is POWER! This kind of power is priceless, beyond the materialism that comes when you buy something for someone and then wash your hands, thinking that is enough. Hero power is beyond sentiment, where you randomly mouth how are you? and expect all is fine so you move on without interest in the other person.
Heroes don’t wear capes, but they stand up, speak up and dress up the wounds of others. Patrick Mayer is a hero. He created the company Wheelblades to simplify snow travel, though he himself is a quadriplegic and wheel-chair bound. Mayer says, “I am convinced that Wheeblades don’t just assist you but also bring you a lot of joy.”
Heroes bring joy. In spite of her personal pain from childhood cancer and the harsh treatments, Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004), then 4-years old in the year 2000, told her family she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex manned that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of joy and hope.
Heroes shrug fame or fatuousness, instead preferring to say, “I had to do something.” This world is full of people who do extraordinary things to serve and care for others without the grandiose glare of the media. You are a hero when you wipe up a spill on the floor in a public place that might injure someone. You are a hero when you stop someone from using sexist or racist remarks that degrade other people. You are a hero when you say thank you in your own powerful way.
These seemingly small acts of kindness, generosity and selflessness spring from the soul of heroes. Dr. Zimbardo, in John Quiones book Heroes Among Us, believes we can all build our “heroic imagination” by imagining heroic scenarios and figuring out how you would react; how you can be a hero to somebody. You can cultivate heroic genes, you can anticipate what would you do if ….
Quiones’ quest to find everyday goodness from common “heroes” stem from the hit primetime ABC television series, What Would You Do? that he hosts. This is a pivotal question, what will you do? How will you help?
“Nothing liberates our greatness than the desire to help.” ~Marianne Williamson
There are heroes among us, YOU!