So we are not on week 18 yet? We are stopped at the Hero’s Journey week instead. Hero? I’m no hero. Really, I’m happy just sitting here sipping my Grande non-fat, double shot, sugar-free vanilla cappuccino while I do my thing. Well… what is my “thing” and if I was truly happy, why would I have embarked on this journey with the Master Key Experience? So now I am examining how I am a hero.
I’m going to start by defining a hero. When I looked it up online, I find it says “a person who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. Hmmm, well, next I will look at my journey so far. I’m not sure that I am admired, but I have found courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities in myself, thanks to taking the time with some or many of our assignments. Our flash cards are a great way to remind ourselves of accomplishments: I graduated University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts, I have 2 wonderful sons, I have competed in a mini-triathlon just to name a few achievements I see every day when I go through my cards. The Franklin makeover has also been another fabulous tool to see our virtues or noble qualities. The persistence it takes to achieve any of my accomplishments proves to me I can persist. When I observe persistence in others, I find evidence that there is more inside and outside of me than I first thought. And courage…Some days it takes courage to just get out of bed while other days it takes courage to visit with my parents as I see dementia capturing what I remember of them as a child.
As part of a Hero’s journey, I must answer the call to adventure. My Herald is calling! It’s time for me to stop resisting! My mentor (Mark and his fantastic team) are helping me to see I can be a hero to one, or I can be a hero to many. But, I think, as I write this, I am finding I must be my own Hero first. I must believe in myself to show my authentic me, and with that, I will be a Hero. It really is in me and I can give that to others. I have proof, and now I believe. I no longer make excuses or pretend not to know. It’s time for me to stop grieving the old me and cross the threshold to meet my amazing, authentic me!