Becoming a Hero Using Only Your View-Part I
Your view is the most important. Your view is really the only view that matters. Your view can change your life. Your view may even change the lives around you. Your view can make you an everyday hero.
From my office, I have an amazing view of Camelback Mountain to the left, and as I look to the right, I can see my street and even my driveway. Looking further right, I can see St. Francis Church and Brophy Prep campus, and even a bit of downtown Phoenix.
I love this view.
Understand when I look out the windows what I see, what I really see if I choose is this: heat waves rippling off rooftops, a brown haze of pollution lingering in the distance, non-stop traffic on Camelback Road, palm trees that need pruning, a homeless man pushing a cart and an unobstructed view of overflowing trash dumpsters.
What do you see from your view? Do you see cubicle walls closing in around you, stacks of paperwork waiting for your attention and a clock that seems to be moving at half speed? Or do you see pictures of friends and loved ones, plenty of tasks to keep you employed, and co-workers you would gladly share a foxhole with?
Maybe you are at home and you see laundry piling up in the corner, dishes waiting to wash themselves, a stir-crazy child climbing the walls because she can’t play outside in 110+ degree weather in the shade, and stacks of bills and credit card offers waiting to be filed away? Or do you see more nice clothes than you know what to do with, dishes from the meal you ate earlier that was so delicious you wanted to call your mother and tell her about it, your healthy child with energy to spare and a stack of mail that was delivered to your door of your residence?
You see, there are always at least two ways of looking at everything!
Around us everyday are examples of heroism. There are people who choose to see the bright side of any misfortune and create a better world for themselves and those around them.
- The soldier who lost his legs and now acts as an ambassador for a life with no limits setting out on a quest to climb one of the tallest peaks in the world.
- The athlete who chose college instead of signing with a pro baseball team even after being drafted out of high school to further his education before going pro, only to be paralyzed in a freak on-field accident. He now, from a wheelchair, is a student coach at ASU and works to help better the team with his support in any way he can. He is an inspiration for his teammates and the entire NCAA sports program. Heck, he’s an inspiration in professional sports, too.
- I saw another hero on Facebook the other day. It was a story about a homeless man who had his best friend, a pitbull mix, returned to him by a random citizen who noticed the man on the street without his dog after the city had taken the dog away a week earlier for not having tags. The hero found the dog through a maze of red tape and possible shelter locations, paid all fees, got the necessary shots and adopted the dog to give it back to the homeless man, asking nothing in return. That selfless act is what makes a hero.
They chose to be everyday heroes. They chose to enhance the lives of those around them and, in turn, enhanced their own lives in the process.
Next week, I’m going to tell you how YOU can become an everyday hero. I am going to share something you can do multiple times daily, and the best part is, it is quick, easy AND free. Stay tuned and until then, remember YOU choose your own view!