A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.
– Zeus (Hercules, 1997)
They come from every walk of life, socioeconomic background, race, religion and gender. They are tall and short, old and young, weak and strong.
So what makes them stand out in the crowd?
The answer to that is both simple and complex.
Their words and their actions inspire, not to engender hate, violence and fear, but to remind us of such simple things as saying “Thank you.”
In October of 2015 there were a series of news articles about a seven-year-old boy from Brooklyn, NY. Unlike the all too commonplace sensationalized bites about death and destruction, Zachary Becerra’s story is a poignant reminder – lives matter.
In response to the shooting deaths of New York City police officer’s Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot at point blank range while sitting in their patrol car, Zachary Becerra wanted to do…something.
After his mother saw a Facebook post, Becerra, who dreams of being New York City’s police commissioner, began visiting each of the city’s precincts and personally giving out super hero-themed thank you cards. Beccera and his mother stop by at least one precinct every Saturday (his mom’s only day off). So far, they have visited more than fifty precincts across the city, including transit, housing and specialty units. Becerra is determined to personally thank all 35,000 officers.
In recognition of Beccera’s extraordinary act, Mayor Bill de Blasio has let him know a space is being held for him in the class of ’31.
In his youthful wisdom, Becerra teaches us that small acts can make a big impact. For those who protect and serve, whether home or abroad, active or retired, “Thank you” can make a world of difference. It lets them know their service and sacrifice is appreciated.
Do you know someone who is an everyday hero? We’d love to hear about that person and how they are changing the world one small act at a time.