America loves its superheroes. We love Wolverine and Storm and Wonder Woman and Batman and so many others. But today, I’m thinking about unsung heroes. Everyday heroes. Because while few of us will ever have super powers, we can all be an everyday hero.
We touch each others’ lives all the time. Even if we’ve never met, we influence others and help each other–or if we want to be an asshole, we drag others down. We have a choice. And so, while this should be a year-round focus, it seems appropriate to discuss it as we approach Thanksgiving.
I challenge you to think of how you impact others. How have you helped someone lately? How can you help someone? It doesn’t have to be life-changing. Sometimes all that a friend needs is an hour to sit and think in silence–can you babysit for her to give her that time? Or a friend who has a backache might need some help cleaning house. Or a neighbor is crying because he lost his senior kitty who went over the rainbow bridge. Can you just listen to him talk, and give him the freedom to grieve without someone saying “It’s just a cat…”
Now, I’d like you to think about those people who have influenced or impacted your life in a helpful manner? Who’s come to your rescue? And it doesn’t have to be earthshaking–it can be just as easy as your neighbor brought you cookies on a day when you needed cheering up.
Now tell me about an everyday hero who has helped you out. Because when we focus on what others do for us, it lifts us out of focusing on ourselves, and reminds us of all the good that exists in this world.