Unpublished Work © 2011 Cristina Carlino
happy november. i’m thinking about heroes this month and since november kicks-off with halloween night, i’m also still smiling about the droves of little heroes i saw out sunday night. they were disguised as spider man and princess tiara and a skeleton dressed in a sweat shirt to stay warm. and then there were lots of their parents – adult heroes dressed in costumes, too. more than i’ve ever seen. i am grateful for all of them and for the melting pot of heroism that is brewing out there . just in time to inspire us and save us .
and while few may ever fulfill the fantasy and “leap tall buildings in a single bound,” morph into a favorite animal, or save the world from all evil, it’s a dream come true for me that we are getting we don’t have to be perfect or the best who ever lived to be heroic. we have only to do something unselfishly for the benefit of the greater good. that’s what ben franklin first said and i’m sticking to it. not the greatest number but the greater good. to make a difference in one life, one million lives, our own lives. small things. big things. our families, our jobs, our neighbors, strangers whose lives we may change without even knowing it.
i love the mother teresa’s quote, “we cannot do great things on this earth, only small things with great love.” come to find out, all that great love adds up.
in november i’ll blog about a few famous heroes whose deeds seem very great to us, including my friends, bob and lee woodruff and the late dana and christopher reeve who i deeply miss. all who are and we super people and models of doing the right thing. ultimately they teach me about great love. that the primary requirement to being a hero is to be a decent person with a respect and love for ourselves and faith in humanity. that we be honest and fair and true to our word. this is our super power.
come as you are. wear a costume if you wish. but come. i’d love to hear from you. how are you showing up for your life? who is a hero in your life? who are you a hero to?
peace and blessings