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June 11, 2009

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Your workshop not only seems to provide them with a process of identifying their heros but also developing a vocabulary and method of identifying those characteristics that a hero possesses.If someone doesn't have a hero, fictional or real, how would you help them discover one?

Our Inner heros exist when we depart from our normal routine and give a portion of our lives to another.

I love the idea of a "Hero in Waiting," which requires one to be constantly conscious of those around us.

As adults I feel just noticing the little ones is heroic, whether they are your children or not. In turn it provides an example for children to emulate as they grow older so hopefully they'll notice the needs of a stranger and feel a call to action. I say that if you want your child to be a hero, slow down and serve and include them in your thought process. Perhaps open the door for a messenger whose arms are laden with packages and turn to your child and say how much you appreciate...
1) that messengers are "so great" to get things to us quickly when we are in a pinch
2) when similar things are done for you you are happy and
3) and perhaps the most important, the messenger is a fellow being in this life and helping is how we show love.

Communication and time are essential to teaching!
I sometime reflect on what I am teaching others with my time and communication... In this economy I am overwhelmed by "matters of consequence" and i work and work to work (I'm a freelancer)! I may not be able to be involved in huge philanthropy but I can offer a smile, my seat on the subway, a connection for a job interview, an open door. I am by no means a hero by doing these things but it reminds me to be conscious of others and perhaps, when I am really needed, I will recognize the call. That is my hope at-least! Just a few thoughts. Matt, you are doing a worthy thing! ;)

ANYONE can be a hero by doing the little things everyday. This post really builds on the last--Saren's The Power of Moms. We are the character in our own lives and can choose how our stories are written. When we recognize that success in the big sense is accomplished by the little, mundane tasks, we propel ourselves down our path of trials with a sense of winning and accomplishment. (Whitney: You know the most amazing people!)

I'm going to present this idea to my childrens' schools...both elementary and middle schools. Teaching our children to be more aware of the qualities of a real hero has the potential to make a great impact on their lives as they look up to others (whether they realize this yet or not) and as they are an example to those around them.
I honestly don't know what my children would say were I to ask them to name their heros. I'm going to ask and see what their answers tell me.

Thanks for the comments.

Rebecca, let us know what your kids say. If you want to know more about the school program, let me know. I can send you a pdf to forward to the principals. And you can tell them Whitney likes it :)

Bonnie, I get a lot of people who say they don't have a hero - more adults than kids. In fact, it's very rare for kids. I tell them to think about people whose stories have influenced them in some way. That might be a work of fiction, or it might be the story of a real person. If that fails, ask them to list attributes that are important to them and ask them how those choices came about. It's probably because someone they admired exhibited them.

LaNola, your last paragraph is exactly what a hero-in-waiting it. Someone who is actively practicing for that moment they're called to action. It's like getting CPR certified, just in case you ever need it.

And Jenny, you're spot on.

Thanks for having me Whitney.

Whitney,

You have had several outstanding guest bloggers lately, thank you for the stimulating content.

Regarding Matt, I am impressed with his drive and cause - I loved Fraggle Rock as a child and I can only imagine how collaborating on the topic of everyday heroism could be powerful message and modality.

Thank you for giving us inspiration...

I think it amazing you include grandparents. As a mother I focused on raising my children "right." Now that I am a grandmother my focus is on knowing my grandson. I guess I have more time to share now. After reading your blog I realize I wish to help my daughter to bring out the hero in herself, a single mom, and bring out the hero in her son. Thank you for that. ps if I get the $75, please keep it.

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