Everyone wants a hero, the truth is, we
all hope there is someone out there who is strong, upright, powerful,
honest, decent, generous and kind. I think we are all becoming quite
dejected by the endless stories of corruption, neglect, abuse, murder, and
greed, Of course, this is a newspaper and we do include those stories but
the world is not all doom and gloom and that there are heroes out there
I was lucky, my dad was my hero and he remained that way until the day he
died. In fact, to me, even today he is still a hero. My mom was the quiet
hero but I have learned that she was one of the strongest and best people I
have ever known. Not as many people are as blessed as I am to have such
parents but I do not believe that there are not these heroes out there.
Thailand has their own hero in the form of HM the King; a man who has spent
his entire life helping the people of this nation and giving them the means
to help themselves.
Thailand actually has many heroes. From the honest taxi driver who returns
forgotten bags to the many people who not only donated to flood victims in
Bangkok but travelled there to make a difference, whether it was for people
or animals. The courageous athletes in the Disabled Games who don’t even
consider the idea they have insurmountable odds but just want to excel,
should be heroes to us all.
However, if we pay attention and keep our eyes open, we can see these same
traits displayed every day in what are rather mundanely called “random acts
of kindness”. My personal favorite here in Chiang Mai is when a fellow
motorbiker toots his or her horn and points down to let me know I forgot to
put my kickstand up. Or the woman who follows you to give you something you
It is interesting that the term “Pollyanna” has become something of a
pejorative because the original concept of the book was to see good when you
can because “When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you
surely will.” Perhaps we are all so busy looking for the bad, we forget to
look for the good too.