Chardonnay Beaver - Words of Wisdom
Influential Speaker, Storyteller, Creator of
WOWbyChar, and University of Washington Student.
Wanna Be A Hero?
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A hero is defined as a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Over this past year, I’ve witnessed the depiction of heroes transition from capes and leotards to scrubs and lab coats. Although heroes can be ordinary people, they’re grit and character is a part of what makes them truly spectacular.
For that reason, I’ve been honored to know many heroes. Like my Aunty, who finds the strength to undergo dialysis three times a week. Plus, she discovers new ways to encourage others despite her pain. We all have the capacity to admire those who overcame adversity despite the obstacles they faced. However, we too have the ability to possess heroic qualities.
First, let’s dispel the notion that heroes are saviors. I only know one savior and he never wore a cape or a lab coat. He was rejected and betrayed at the cost of saving humanity. Secondly, somewhere within all of us lies the strength to overcome. Overcome the silence of shame. Overcome the cycle of generational poverty. Overcome bitterness. Deaconess Mariah Carey once said “so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong. And you'll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you”. Lastly, aim to be in environments where you don’t have to compromise the character of who you are. For example, I admire the hero within my great grandmother for choosing to leave the environment of her first marriage─as a young mother of two children─ when it no longer served her. Later, she remarried and nurtured generations of resilient people. The best part about heroic individuals? Their courage to overcome, despite adversity, will undoubtedly motivate others to do the same.
Words of Wisdom by Char of The Week: (Task) Write a list of heroic acts you witnessed throughout your life. What characteristics do these individuals possess? How might you apply similar practice to your life? 1 John 4:4