What makes a hero?

Someone who is selfless?

Someone who is selfish?

Someone who stands and fights or waits for a moment to make a substantial change?

Is it someone who lives to the best of their ability doing what they believe is right? Or someone who lived most of their life doing wrong before having a life-changing moment and only then doing what is right to make up for all those ‘wasted years?’

Are any years wasted?

Your past does not define who you are, but it does shape you. You can control that shaping to some degree when you decide what to take with you and what to let go.

Even then, it’s not quite so easy as I would make it sound with my words.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

–Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)


There are people who are good people, but not heroes. There are heroes that are good heroes, but not good people.

Don’t take from someone else, what you yourself have lost.
In giving me a chance, I won’t let you down!
Getting one more moment to make my choice
Not giving up no matter how many times I fall down.
It’s not so simple as people make it sound,
There is more to doing right than just being right.
You don’t live just once, you live multiple times because each life can be a moment.

For me, when you give others moments of dignity, moments where they can be more than what they were, that is when you can become a hero.

This post was doubly inspired by Dungeon Prompts and the Light and Shade Challenge.


14 thoughts on “Hero?

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  2. Funny that it took me 30 seconds to sound out the word Dignity… I wasn’t expecting it but it’s very fitting. I especially like, “There is more to doing right than just being right.” Everyone should learn that listen. That would be a great tagline,

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  4. First of all, this was an excellent take on two prompts. I loved the Dignity poem. I have always been attracted to the people who start out as anti-heroes and become heroes. This line resonated for me: “There are heroes that are good heroes, but not good people.”

    One of my favorite heroes was Oskar Schindler. He wasn’t a good man, but became one for a period of crucial time in the lives of some Jewish people. Afterwards, he still struggled as a man, but in that moment, he was a hero, at least to me:~)

    Now, this line, “There is more to doing right than just being right.” would make an excellent prompt writing quote!

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    • Thank you, I too have been attracted to the idea of anit-heroes becoming heroes. Sometimes the hero you need is someone who is not good in any sense of the word, but someone who can make a series of hard decisions that help people even if they find it hard to live with the consequences of those same decisions.

      By all means, if something prompts you to write, go ahead! I’ve had that happen from various quotes this last week when reading posts from others.


  5. Even when it seems simple, living a good life isn’t always so easy. Your poem was filled with so many great lines, I especially liked, “There is more to doing right than just being right.” Very true.


  6. I really like your Dignity poem too. All the lines are good and important, but the one that stands out to me in this moment is “Don’t take from someone else, what you yourself have lost.”


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