Am I a Hero?
Written February 10, 2011.
Am I a hero?
A hero is driven, and as a result he can achieve feats beyond his innate capacity. Acts of heroism are great, not because so few accomplish them, but because so few try. It is only the hero who can push himself into the midst of an opportunity to outshine his peers.
A hero pursues, and as a result his exploits take on legendary character. He does not meander through life, but rather seeks, yearns, and strives for something that few would dare to attempt. It is only the hero who can ride the impetus of a grand quest and so outshine his peers.
A hero struggles, and as a result his efforts are dubbed selfless, sacrificial, and even supernatural. He does not simply work, but rather he labors, toils, perseveres. It is only the hero who can exert himself beyond exhaustion to outshine his peers.
A hero is noble, and as a result his character deeds are works of valor. He does not do any task by any means necessary, but rather involves himself in the great works, and utilizes great means. It is only the hero who rightly discerns the worthwhile efforts and thus outshines his peers.
A hero wrestles, and as a result his life is deemed worthy of emulation. He does not allow himself to slip into the realm of temptation, but rather he holds competing forces in check. It is only the hero who staves off self-gratification that he may outshine his peers.
A hero dreams, and as a result the apparent limitations of life do not apply to him. He does not allow what’s known to restrain his efforts, but rather he can envision that which goes beyond, which may yet be. It is only the hero whose imagination propels him to outshine his peers.
A hero survives, and as a result fatal blows to do render him incapacitated. He does not resign himself to the bounds of mortality, but rather clings to the vital force within. It is only the hero who is discontent to finish poorly and so he will outshine his peers.
A hero is disciplined, and as a result he does not need a vast array of paraphernalia. He does not rely upon the machinations of man, but rather hones his mind, body, and spirit to be the implements of his achievements. It is only the hero who maximizes his innate gifts and can so outshine his peers.
A hero does not journey alone, and as a result his shortcomings do not complete derail him. He does not pretend to self-sufficiency in all things, but rather enlists the resources of those who can do what he cannot. It is only the hero who is humble enough to journey in community and so outshine his peers.
Driven. Pursuing. Struggling. Noble. Wrestling. Dreaming. Surviving. Disciplined. Companioned.
Am I a hero?
No, but I’d like to think that I could be, and that, at least, is a beginning.
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