May 13, 2008.
"I believe it is the nature of people to be heroes, given the chance."
James A. Autry
If there is one thing the world needs more of these days, it is heroes; good people doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do. In todays self-centered what's in it for me environment, where looking out for #1 seems to be our #1 concern, everyday heroes appear increasingly hard to come by.
But they're still there. In fact, there are more heroes working behind the scenes than ever before. Tirelessly working under the radar, millions of selfless individuals are constantly, courageously striving to make our world a better place for those all around them. They do not need the limelight and they don't seek any fame or notoriety for their good works.
They do what they do because they love helping others.
"True heroism... is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."
These everyday heroes realize there are few feelings as rewarding as helping someone who needs a helping hand. They've learned firsthand that prestige, fame and fortune can never replace the indescribably wonderful feeling they get each and every time they help another human being.
They have also discovered one of the hidden secrets of the universe. The more they give themselves away, the more they have to give. Regardless of how much they give of themselves, they never run out of kindness, compassion and caring they can share with others.
They give more, they have more and they feel great.
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
Kind and caring acts, large and small alike, can make a world of difference in not only the person's life who receives the gift, but also in the one who gives it. And make no mistake about it; there are plenty of people out there who could sure use your help today.
Lifting someone's spirits when they are feeling down, helping someone who is struggling or simply speaking a kind word or sharing a smile takes minimal effort. Yet those few precious moments of kindness shared with another can help lighten their load and brighten their day.
Best of all, it doesn't take a lot to do a lot.
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You don't have to search far and wide to find people who could use your helping hand. They're everywhere you look, everywhere you turn. Instead of walking right on by, too busy to care, why not take a few moments and make a difference today? A difference in your life, a difference in somebody else's life. Step out of the rat race for a minute or two and spread some cheer, share a laugh, exchange a smile and start enjoying the greatest gift we collectively share: each other.
Oh by the way, there's one other bonus to sharing yourself with others. One of nature's most effective remedies for getting out of the dumps - and staying out - is to help another person in need. That's right; one of the best ways to stay in good spirits is to lift the spirits of someone else.
There is no better time and no better place than right here, right now to start being someone's hero today; someone's super hero as a matter of fact.
The Bottom Line: Our greatest gift is to share our lives with others.
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