My True Hero

6 May

The Ancient Greeks said “Tell me who you admire and I’ll tell you who you are”

It set me thinking …I sat there in a meditative state. Who qualifies to be my hero?

Soldiers who dedicate their life for their country?

Superheroes with powers who prove to us that good ultimately triumphs over evil ?

People who make a mark in the world by being sports legends or inventors or even  talented musicians???

I decided to ask my next door neighbor who was, as he put it “chilling with friends’. . We chatted in an airy fashion. They spoke animatedly even mimicked a few actors. These are  intelligent kids. Deep down inside of them …..they are filled with intelligence….but to reach that inner core I guess  one needed dynamite.

“Admire“he said …..”Huh..Nobody”……”you mean hero …like Hollywood or Bollywood”

Let me brisk up a bit here. A few minutes with them and I was convinced that ‘a hero’ to them was very different from what ‘a hero’ meant to me

They were part of a culture where celebrities are substituted for heroes.  Where love and loyalty are placed on the newly famous and nearly forgotten. Where one ‘hero’ is quickly substituted by the next, who then fades away after his fifteen minutes of fame.

To me a ‘hero’ is one who can translate his compassion and kindness into making a difference in critical moments to people or issues.

I thought of all the people I knew…..i had met fleetingly….friends…….family

Those amazing people- The Ordinary rising up to be The Extraordinary.

The silent everyday heroes- who have patiently shared with me their time, resources and love,

who were not just passive bystanders but got involved and engaged in my difficulties

who weren’t superheroes with fancy gadgets but with a viewpoint –A view point  that someone needed to act ….and that they were each that someone

who  have inspired me to live by their values.

Here were My Heroes………. the people I admire

Whose strength of character, integrity and compassion I hope to imbibe.

Who provided me a ’Canopy of Care’ when I needed it the most.

The ones I look up to.

Arthur Ashe  echoes my feelings when he says…..

“True heroism is remarkably sober,very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all  at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost“.

As I sit in silence listening to the man on television talk of an unknown stranger who jumped onto the tracks to save a little child,  I thought of all those unnamed, unsung heroes…

Our  world needs more of them- coz they give us a reason to step up and be better than what we were yesterday ;

They reaffirm the belief that no matter where we are , there is always room for the  kindness and goodness we have inside of us  to shine

I wonder –

Is there a hero inside of me ?

If I believed that what I did made a difference,  would I  do things differently ?


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