Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
In these trying times, people are searching for helpers. More, people are looking for heromakers – those incredible, everyday people who make this world a little bit better for the sake of others, those who cry, “Not on my watch!” and seek to make what’s wrong, right.
Heromakers like you are what we need today. A global pandemic is crushing families and livelihoods. The loneliness epidemic is crippling our younger generations. Anxiety and depression are up. Suicidal thoughts have increased. Domestic violence is on the rise. Racial injustice is rearing its ugly head over and over.
The world and its problem, for many of us, seem insurmountable. We wonder what difference any one life can have.
More than we can ever imagine, in truth.
Here’s a very important truth: Our lives, as small and insignificant as we may believe they are, are the answers to a broken and beat-up world that is crying out for love, for justice, for kindness, for courage.
Author J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “Such is of the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
Heromakers come in all shapes and sizes, from all races and genders and socio-economic and cultural and faith backgrounds. There are no restrictions on who can – and is – a heromaker.
So why a Heromakers Movement now? Because our world needs it. And because you are one already, whether you realize it or not.
Six months ago, I began writing a book called The Making of a Hero. It’s all about how we can redefine the hero concept to one where all of us can put ourselves in those shoes and believe that we have just what we need to make this world a little bit better. As I finished the first 40,ooo words, COVID-19 slammed much of our world to a grinding halt.
Except it didn’t. Because even in the midst of the fear and panic and the loneliness and the sorrow, heroes emerged everywhere – those balancing work and home life, those fighting for justice for those most vulnerable, those seeking peace when none seemed possible.
And I knew then that all of us have what’s needed inside of us to inspire others to be something and do something they never thought possible.
So the Heromakers Movement was born.
I’ve spent nearly 20 years telling stories – stories of people and of organizations, stories via print communications and digital media. But this is perhaps the greatest story to tell – that heromakers are all around us making our world better. And I believe you are one of these remarkable individuals.
I’d love to hear your story.