Non-fictional heroes live among us

As a writer I love to read. Most fictional tales introduce us to heroes in varying roles. Some characters have supernatural abilities others just have the strength to prevail and endure whatever situation they find themselves in. The truth is that you don’t have to read to find heroes. They are among us disguised as everyday, ordinary people who step up when they are needed. The unfortunate events of this week’s Boston bombings are true examples of goodness that shines through pure evil.

We’ve all heard the heroic tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things on 9/11. As CNN pointed out this week, “It can happen anywhere.” This was a cruel reality that we learned on 9/11 and are reminded of when disaster strikes but people are amazing. ThoughMedical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) I hate reading of the terror of the Boston Bombings I can’t help but feel inspired and proud of the heroes that rushed to help the victims during the crisis.

The Associated Press reports on the horrible event by showing the quick response and heroics from the police department during the crisis through the dispatch radio’s broadcast.

Their acts of bravery should inspire us all to rise up and help no matter how small or large the deed is. This has actually been on mind as I’ve been working with a new charity for my upcoming non-fiction book. I’m hoping to be able to make a difference to the pet community here in my new home of Saudi Arabia.

Few of us get the opportunity to become heroes during major crisis events. I pray that I never experience such an event as the people of Boston did this week. No matter how small, good people do great deeds everyday. These acts work to make our communities better and stronger so that we can withstand such major, horrific events.

What have you done lately to make a positive difference in your community? How do you think you can make a difference? What’s holding you back?

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