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This series of articles will provide insights and strategies for better living as well as skills for life enrichment. Topics to be covered in this series include: how to enhance the relationships in your life, how to improve your communication skills, how to develop empowering ideas and to act on those thoughts, and how to inject humour, fun, excitement into your life. ... Read More About  Your Life, Unlimited 
 
 
  
 
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Stephanie Staples

 
Stephanie Staples is a member of Rockford Kingsley's Advisory Board and is a proud Canadian coach and speaker who helps audiences around North America shift their perspective and kick up the quality of their life! Visit www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca for your complimentary Quality of Life Assessment.  
 

 

 

 

  

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Stephanie Staples

 
 

Be An Everyday Hero!

 
 
I couldn’t help it, my daughter told me not to, my husband told me not to, but I did it anyway. I called the wrong number back, on purpose.
 
But it wasn’t just any wrong number it was Anthony. 
 
I had tried to call a client a few days prior and discovered I had dialed the wrong number.
 
“Sorry to bother you,” I said to the elderly gent on the other end of the line. 
 
“Oh dear, it’s no bother, in fact, this is the highlight of my day.  I am 91 and I’m just sitting on my porch and I haven’t talked to anyone all day.  It’s so nice to hear your voice!” 
 
He left me speechless, I knew I only had a nanosecond to decide what to do; say ‘thanks’ and hang up or engage this man in a conversation and try to make a positive difference in his day.  
 
What would you do?
 
I asked him his name and told him mine and we talk about life and love like we are old friends. His voice was so delightful that I not only could feel his spirit and energy right through the telephone wires, I could also feel mine being lifted. He absolutely and totally made my day.
 
Some people think that in order to be a hero you must literally donate a body part, start a foundation, travel to a third world country or rescue someone from the Red River. That would be an occasional hero, doing an unrepeatable act; wonderful, but rare.
 
You and I have an opportunity; we can be every day heroes. Each day presents us with countless opportunities to make a positive difference. Opportunities may be by standing up for someone when they are being belittled, inviting someone new to our lunch table or picking up some litter. No matter our age, wage or station in life, we can start looking for the chance to be an everyday hero.
 
My conversation with Anthony allowed me to be a hero that day, but as so often happens when you do good, you get so much more back in return. I felt like I gave a nickel, got back a loonie and was thanked for the transaction.
 
I have talked to Anthony many more times since I dialed that wrong number and in fact we have even met in person. He is a beautiful and insightful soul who taught me the secret of life. 
 
This month consider starting a conversation about how you can, either individually or as a group, be an everyday hero in 2011. Trust me; it will help you live, Your Life, Unlimited!
  

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