Tonight after dinner, I cuddled with my son as he read to me as a part of his bedtime routine. When he was done, he looked up at me and told me I’m his hero. All I did was close my laptop, put my arm around him and listen, but to him, it really mattered. His sweet words tell me that there are hidden, quiet heroes everywhere. If you look closely enough, you’ll see the quiet heroes around you in your neighbors, friends and colleagues.
In the news we’ll often see stories about significant heroic acts:
- Man runs into a burning building to save a family.
- A group of people help someone off of the subway tracks, after an accidental fall, before the next train arrives.
- Firefighters, police and active duty military are heroes, by choice, on a daily basis.
There is always an element of bravery, courage and selflessness.
What about the small acts that happen every day? Can they be heroic too, in their own quiet way?
Merriam Webster defines a hero as:
: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities
: a person who is greatly admired
What love about this definition is that all it takes to be someone’s hero is to be admired for what you do and how you do it.
HOW matters. If you do a good, even heroic deed, making a connection human to human, you’re going to make a difference. If you’re driven by ego or a desire to prove your superiority, you’ll be missing the hero boat. Simple as that.
WHAT you do matters far less than the how in my opinion. There are countless ways you can help, lend a hand, and be a hero.
A hero is someone other people look up to, who do what’s right, and care immensely about others. Is that you?
None of the actions on the list below are guaranteed to make you a hero, but they will show others that you care and people matter. I think most heroes would agree, that when we stop worrying about ourselves, the hero within is set free.
25 Ways To Be A Quiet Hero Today
- Hold the door for the Mom pushing a stroller and kids trailing behind
- Listen (and close your phone, iPad, laptop and all other electronics)
- Join in the search the next time someone loses their keys
- Speak up when you see a bully in action (there are a few in every office)
- Rearrange your meetings to meet your significant other for lunch
- Clear your schedule to see your child’s sports/music/assembly
- You see someone fumbling for change in the checkout line and you have it, give it to them
- Pay for the meal of the person behind you.
- Smile at someone homeless on the street and say hello instead of averting your eyes
- Don’t give the homeless person a dollar, buy them a meal instead
- Volunteer your time
- Raise money for a charity that matters to you and is close to your heart
- Be a Secret Santa for a family that needs help this holiday season
- Offer to babysit when your neighbor needs to run out to the market
- Give to donorschoose.org and help entire classrooms have what they need to learn
- Deliver dinner to someone in your community, church, or social group that just had a baby
- Fill in for your colleague at work when they’re feeling sick or need to go to an appointment
- Offer to help when you see someone struggling
- Pick up milk on the way home so your family can have cereal for breakfast
- Help promote someone’s book or program on Social Media
- Stick around for after school sports to lend a hand
- Get groceries for your sick neighbor – you’re headed to the store anyway
- When you see a child at an event who looks lost, help them instead of assuming someone else will
- Give blood
- What will you do today?
You don’t have to make the front page of the newspaper to be a hero. I’m willing to be a large sum of money that I will never be on CNN’s top list of heroes, but I’m still a hero to my son. I’m certain that you’re someone’s hero too.
Tell me, what’s your number 25? What will you do today to join the rank of the quiet heroes everywhere?
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