On Sunday I attended the Unsung Heroes Awards in Riverside. It was an opportunity to honor individuals in the community who unassumingly help others without acknowledgement. Individuals like Calvin and Edna Cunningham who not only give haircuts and shaves to sick individuals confined to their homes, they bring comfort and joy to those in need. Or 93-year-old Hazel Strickland, who spends most of her time with the elderly and the sick, taking them to lunch or cooking meals for them. “I didn’t think people paid any attention,” Ms. Strickland said in accepting the award. Then there’s Ola Faye Stephens who explained, “If I see a need in the community, I try to fill it.” And police officer turned lawyer turned pastor, Monrow Mabon who believes in sharing his blessings with others. “I was always told I should be focused on doing something instead of being something,” he said.
Each honoree not only inspired the audience but challenged us to think about our own contributions to others in our community.
As I sat listening intently to the mantras each honoree clearly lives by, I thought of a recent Linkage blog post I read on the #6WordLifeGoal. The 6 Word Life Goal exercise forces you to express your life’s mission in six words or less. As they spoke, I found myself jotting down their comments, extracting the essence of their philosophy:
“Do good for others, just because”
“No one can be successful alone”
“Do something, instead of be something”
“Make life better for everyone”
Then I reflected on my own life goal and tried to reduce it to six words…”Inspire good thoughts, provoke great actions.”
What is yours?