Being a hero does not have to entail capes and silly costumes, physical prowess or special training, rushing into burning buildings, dying or changing the world. Being a hero can be an altogether simpler, quieter act; a kind word for someone in pain, quality time with a child, stepping in when you can to make a difference to someone’s daily life, company for the lonely, a willingness to take action in a dangerous situation. The appropriate effort at the correct time. You needn’t change the world, all you have to do is find someone in need, and change their world.
What does it take to be a hero?
The definition of a hero is: ‘A person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.’
Among these noble qualities are Courage which is not the absence of fear but the willingness to move ahead despite it; Integrity – a hero is not audacious or self-serving but has a strong code of conduct which cannot be altered by chance, the integration of external actions and inner ethics are what makes them heroic; Compassion – empathy, benevolence, and compassion and tenderness to those in distress. He or she keeps aside self-oriented thoughts and embraces an attitude that serves others; Perseverance encountering failure does not deter a hero. They do not give up easily; Honesty – alwaystelling the truth and being intolerant of telling people what they want to hear; Generosity – heroes have a generosity of spirit, are generous with their time and their possessions; Responsibility – heroes take responsibility for all of their actions, even those that are not so heroic.
How You can be a Hero
Cultivating these qualities is the first step to becoming an everyday hero as well as taking any opportunities that may arise in our daily lives. Our willingness to take action, however small, is a weapon against unfortunate accidents, unforeseen crises and those who wish to do evil.
The Heroes Nearby application allows us to be available to serve those in our neighbourhoods, cities and communities. Signing up as a Hero Nearby, we can serve others and put into action these cultivated qualities. With every call to action we get to practice and improve our skills, provide care and comfort to someone in distress or be a first responder in a medical emergency. We can also find comfort in the fact that our loved ones have their own Heroes Nearby who can respond in their hour of need. No matter your skill set, you can help.
Heroes live amongst us. They don’t have a certain look, style, race or gender. They are not perfect. But they are always willing to step in and lend a hand.
by Merryn Wainwright