“Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.”
– Bernard Malamud
There was a line in last night’s episode of Madame Secretary that stuck with me. The daughter was upset because she didn’t do the right thing when she had the chance, and her father told her that it’s ok to make mistakes, and then he said something that blew me away. It was such a great line that it got me thinking about how true his words are generation after generation.
“[We all make mistakes], that’s why we need heroes, to inspire us so that maybe next time we dig a little deeper to find our best selves, even if it feels risky.”
Award season is in full bloom and there’s excitement in the air with anticipation of who will take home the coveted Grammys and Oscars this year. Everyone I spoke with today is excited to watch the Grammys tonight. Of course, this fits perfectly with my thoughts about last night’s show. Today’s heroes don’t necessarily wear capes and have fictitious super powers, they are everyday people who have consciously created their own path. When you follow your own path, your own passion, you shine, and people are drawn to your light.
Sometimes, when we want to break free of the limitations we’ve created around ourselves, we find it difficult to change the status quo. It feels risky to veer off the beaten path into an unknown future, where you have to find your own way. Even though we want to follow our own dreams, we need encouragement and validation that we can achieve the things we are too afraid to even tell anyone that we dream of.
We all have the power within, and it is our divine birthright to be, do or have anything we desire, but at times, we need help to connect with our higher selves. Some find inspiration from daily affirmations in their social media feed, others read blogs like Kurilane, or go for a walk in nature every morning, and some look to others as an example of what is possible.
However we find it, we need a little motivation to remember who we really are. So, when we see ordinary people just like us, or maybe even someone who started out with less than us realize their dreams, we gain courage and start to believe it really is possible to achieve anything we desire. These ordinary people who have succeeded in achieving their dreams become our heroes. They offer hope and inspiration. They offer the message that we, too, can dig a little deeper to find our best selves.
Are you ready to shine?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!