The city of Boston faced a horrific tragedy with perseverance, resilience, and courage, from the first responders to the specific people who stood tall in the face of adversity. Do you recognize any of these names: Jeff Bauman, Carlos Arredondo, Matt Patterson, Michael Chase, and Dr. Natalie Stavas? These heroes sacrificed and risked their lives to help others in need. They provided valuable information about the suspects, applied tourniquets, helped the wounded, and chose to run directly toward danger rather than away. The people of Boston rallied to confront evil and did not allow their fears to consume them.
Unfortunately, the media often chooses to focus on the terrorists rather than the heroes. They get more air time, attention, and exposure than the people that are truly worthy of our consideration. Tragedy can bring out the best or worst in people. We as a nation can focus our energies on evil or goodness. We can live in fear or choose to work through it. We can decide to work on making our nation, state, city, community, and family a better place by being united, unselfish, and helpful in an effort to create a better world.
So who are the heroes in your life? When was the last time you were a hero to someone? Our heroes are often our spouse, parents, siblings, mentors, pastors, friends, and maybe even our children. We need to let them know how much we appreciate their unselfishness, kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. Becoming a hero may be donating your time and talents, visiting someone who is lonely, listening to a person who needs a sounding board, hugging someone who is hurting, praying for someone who is struggling emotionally, and reaching out to someone who has detached from everyone. We can make a difference in people’s lives when we choose to be focused on others’ well-being like those heroes in Boston. Be a hero today and change lives one person at a time.