Today we wrap up our 3-part series on heroes. We started by discussing what makes a hero a hero. Last time, we looked at the heroes behind us, where we played off the Bette Midler song “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Well … the only way we could get that song out of our heads was to talk about another one. So today we’re going to look at Mariah Carey’s Hero.
We love lyrics and Mariah Carey certainly has strung together some powerful words in this song. It’s particularly appropriate in the tough times we face right now.
We’ve all heard the song, but you may not have really thought about the words. So here we go …
Who are you?
It starts off …
You don't have to be afraid of what you are”
We may feel a fear that if we show people our true selves they won’t like us. They won’t accept us. We might be embarrassed because we won’t succeed.
It’s ironic … in many cases, it’s this fear that keeps us from succeeding. Because each of us has something very unique to offer the world. It’s born in us. It’s our duty to develop it. To show the world our authentic selves.
The verse continues …
And the sorrow that you know will melt away”
We just love this. There’s a promise if we reach within ourselves. We can do it. You can do it! Makes you think of an Adam Sandler movie, doesn’t it? We won’t go there!
You can find the answer to whatever problem you are facing. You and you alone have the solution.
Love begins with you
Then we come to the 2nd verse…
No one reaches out a hand for you to hold
You can find love if you search within yourself
and the emptiness you felt will disappear”
We’ve talked about this before. It is impossible to truly love other people if you don’t love yourself. Love begins inside each of us. If we can’t see the beauty within us, we’ll never experience the beauty around us.
Finding the way
Now we come to the final verse …
Hold on, there will be tomorrow, in time you'll find the way”
We have to stay true to our dreams even when they’re tested. We have to hold on. Martin Luther King had a dream. We’ve recently witnessed what happened!
We have to keep searching for the answer. But we know we will find it and we will achieve our dreams.
It starts with an attitude
Because when all of this is going on, when your problems seem insurmountable, when the world around you is nothing like the world you envisioned …
And you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive”
It all starts with an attitude. You have to look within yourself – deep within yourself – with the confidence that you will find the answer. You know you’ll come back strong. You know you will survive.
Cue Gloria Gaynor? No, we’ll pass on that!
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A final thought
In a world that is looking for heroes, in a time when people are fearful and pessimistic, what should our response be?
And you'll finally see the truth – that a hero lies in you”
We’re so grateful that you read our post today. Join us next time when we look at what to do if your employer stops matching your 401(k) contributions. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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