There is no doubt whatsoever that there is an incredible amount of pain and suffering in this world and there is no doubt whatsoever that you would like to alleviate all of it. Sometimes you feel almost driven to help someone.

The fact is you have helped and continue to help at every opportunity. You have been there for people who needed you. You have used your money and time to make life better for someone else even when you didn’t have much or when it was earmarked for something else.

In other words, you are a hero. Now what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read that sentence? It doesn’t resonate. Right away you probably adamantly deny that you are a hero. You have a much bigger mental picture of what a hero is and it doesn’t look anything like you.

This has nothing to do with pride, false or otherwise. This has to do with the truth about you. Look how far you have come. Look at the obstacles you have overcome. Look at the tears that you have shed. Look at the struggle that life has been for you on occasion. And now look at you today. Even with all that hurt, you still want to help others. Even with all that pain, you can still feel the pain that someone else is experiencing.

You are definitely a hero. You have gone through fire and come out stronger than steel and yet you keep your heart tender and open. You have been hurt but you don’t intentionally hurt others. It’s time you gave yourself credit for being there for people. It’s time you gave yourself credit for the strength and guts it took to get this far in your life.

Stand a little taller today. Smile a little more confidently today. Look at yourself with a bit more praise than criticism today. Help where you can today and admit, at least to yourself that yes, you are a hero. A cape is optional.

(c)2014 All Rights Reserved, Patrick McBride


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