“Heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.”
– Brodi Asthon
There is a power hidden in each of us. It was given to us when we were born. We were graced with the power to do incredible things in this world—a power where we can determine the shape of the world, and of people’s destinies. We all wield that kind of power, yet so few people use it—even though it brings out a greater version of us, one that makes us into heroes.
We were graced with the power to act.
One time when I was out drinking with my friends, I saw in the distance a girl struggling to get the chain of her bicycle back on. There were hundreds of people passing her by, but no one stopped. I observed for a minute or two before moving to act. No one did anything—everyone kept passing her by. So I took the step to act and do something. I pulled her bicycle chain back on, gave her a smile and wished her a pleasant evening. Such a simple gesture, but one that could change someone’s world in a moment.
If a man were lying on the ground, how many people might pass him by before one would go and help? Many. And why? Because many people are afraid to act. They are led by the thinking that someone else will come to help him. In this way, we miss out on our power. There are way too many people who do this, and it’s a shame. Don’t be like that! Helping others is what connects us as human beings. It is what makes us great. When you reach out and help someone, something in you awakens, and that something is love. And it’s funny—many people strive to feel loved, and all the while it is out there, just waiting for us. By connecting and helping someone, you can awaken love.
It’s an enormous power you wield inside of you, and one that can be triggered by the simplest of things—act and take action. Do not turn those powers off. Put them on, and keep them on!
“Strong people don’t put others down,
they lift them up.” – Michael P. Watson
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