How to Be a Hero in Your Own Simple Ways
Modern times call for a new breed of heroes
To change our country was what great Filipinos, like Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio sought to do in their time. Their remarkable deeds have helped inspire a new generation of heroes that are living up to this calling in several different ways.
Indeed, heroism is very much alive as we see people from all walks of life doing something great and extraordinary for family, friends and even strangers. It’s enough to make your heart swell with pride if you’re a Filipino.
Be your own hero and a hero to others in simple ways. Here's how:
1. Perform random acts of kindness.
This was the theme of the 2000 movie release Pay It Forward starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment.
As the young boy in the movie, Trevor (Osment), tries to make the world a better place by doing good deeds and asking the people he has helped to return the favor by showing acts of love and kindness to others.
In the recent past, a number of Facebook posts have made the rounds online, each demonstrating the good side of humanity. Read the one about the food delivery guy who brought not only food but also medicine after reading a note posted by the mother at the online store, requesting it for her sick child?
How about of the schoolchild who ate junk food as ulam? This prompted his teacher to post a photo online and tell users of the child’s plight?
That must have felt wonderful for the two Good Samaritans.
2. Use the power of small gestures.
A hug, a smile, or a pat on the back is an inexpensive way of telling someone you care. It also does not need a lot of effort on your part, so you really don’t have an excuse not to do it.
For all you know, that gentle pat could be what your co-worker needs to know your office isn’t that bad after all.
3. Volunteer your talent.
You certainly have a talent that you could put to good use for the benefit of the less fortunate. Remember the church choir in Sister Act, which Whoopi Goldberg inspired to sing with their until so people would go to church again?
Not gifted with powerful vocal chords? Surely you have other talents you can use to people in your community.
You could also donate whatever extra resources or cash you have toward worthwhile projects, events, or causes, especially those related to education, housing and care for the elderly. Remember that no good act is too little if you have all the right intentions of making a difference in someone’s life.
4. Support local.
Our country has a wealth of talent, from performing artists to cinematic geniuses. Supporting local can be as easy as loving your own by say, buying locally made wares or watching new kinds of Filipino movies, like Birdshot.
5. Promote peace, not hate.
In real life and on social media. Choose your battles, if it's not worth getting worked up about, let it go. If it is, discuss it with the people involved. Meanwhile online, don't leave nasty comments on people's feeds or photos. If you must say something, maybe do so in private. But again, as said above, choose your battles wisely.
We can all be heroes by simply being kind and considerate to others. So, what have you done today?