How to be a hero

For the last 2 weeks, “Hero” is the buzz word. From Manny Pacquiao winning the 7th world boxing title and just recently, Efren Penaflorida winning the CNN Hero of The Year award for his passion for educating the out of school youth through his unique “school-on-cart”.

Both men possess the values of a modern day hero. Both have given a unique contribution to the world through their extraordinary passion in their respective fields. Both have given the country honor and glory in the midst of sad news on rampant government corruption, election violence and perceived hopelessness of the people. They both gave us someone to look up to.

For the ordinary person that we are, though, can we become heroes ourselves? Do we need to be extraordinary athletes, or super genius academe, or someone who possess a great idea no one else has thought of? Do you need to work abroad just so you can be call the “modern-day hero”?

Do you need to die for your country to be called a hero?

I know you know the answer. I’m going to state the obvious. As simple, ordinary as you are, you can and I can be heroes.

You are the only father who can raise your children well — be the best father you can be for them. You can be the best spouse to your better half — grow your relationship. Your business, small as it is, can make a difference — be honest to your employees and to your clients. Your company hired you because they believe in what you can do for its growth — be the best employee that you can be.

God has given us a special mission unique for each of us. Nobody can do it but you. (Sounds like a dance song to me!) You don’t need to be extraordinary to be a hero. You are a hero if you do your part in this society. Honor Manny and Efren — but most of all, look at the mirror and ask yourself how you can be like them, an everyday life hero for your family, your friends, your loved ones, your company, your country.

manny_pacquiao-large.jpg cnnefren_pinoyhero1.jpg mirror.jpg