“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this world a better place for all people.” Maya Angelou
On Memorial Day we remember the fallen heroes who bravely protect our nation. And no matter your views on the military or war, we all can generally agree that supporting our troops means recognizing the commitment and bravery of young men who generously give of their lives to protect ours. As we take this time to honor these heroes, I want to invite you to celebrate the hero inside yourself. Most of us don’t view ourselves as heroes. We believe that a hero must be someone who commits some grand act – something newsworthy garnishing the attention of many. But, in reality, a hero is anyone who is intent on making this world a better place for all people and takes any step toward that intent. It doesn’t have to be big, but in whatever way that you impact the world – whether it’s through your work, studies, as a parent or partner – you too are a hero. That might be uncomfortable to hear because we’ve been told that humility is far more powerful than bragging, but every time we fail to recognize our own personal hero we inevitably hold back some important part of our self. By embracing our own heroism we actually ignite that part of us that is intent on meaningful change – we give ourselves fuel to continue making a difference even on the days that it seems to make no difference. It has been said that when we give ourselves permission to stand out in this way, we give others the permission to do the same. So, when we ignite our own intent to make the world a better place, we set off a domino effect that makes an even bigger difference. Today, as you celebrate the fallen, take a moment to celebrate your own inner hero
Weekly Path to Peace: Celebrate our heroes.
- As you take a moment to remember the heroes of this nation, take some time to recognize your own personal hero. Identify the ways you step up and make this world a better place. Don’t skip the small stuff – list out all the ways you make a difference or whose life is improved by simply being you. Even if it is uncomfortable, take a few moments to celebrate the hero in you.
- Reach out and acknowledge the hero in someone close to you. Maybe someone isn’t aware that they’ve impacted your life or made a big difference. Make the intent to recognize someone else’s heroism – the way they intend to make a world a better place.
As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.