Day 102: Don’t wait to be a hero

Mark Bezos is a volunteer firefighter. In his town volunteer firefighters are called to supplement the highly skilled career staff when a fire breaks out. In this Ted talk“A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter” Mark shares a humbling lesson he learned on his second day as a volunteer on the scene of a house fire.

Picture this. It’s Mark’s second day as a volunteer firefighter and as a volunteer he races down to the location of the fire so that he can get delegated his task. As volunteers you need to get in early to get a good job. Mark finds the fire captain who is deep in conversation with the homeowner. The homeowner is quote a sight. She’s in her pyjamas,   barefoot and fighting for shelter under an umbrella. She’s having the worst day of her life.   Another volunteer, Mark affectionally calls Lex Luther , arrives at the scene first and is given the job of rescuing the homeowners cat. Mark is jealous. He wants to rescue the cat. What a cool story to tell your friends.

Still, there’s hope. The fire captain looks at Mark with intent. He has an important job for Mark, he wants Mark to go into the building a get a pair of shoes for the barefoot homeowner. Mark obliges ofcourse but wishes he could have rescued the cat.  Mark and ‘Lex Luther’ both retrieve their treasures from the house and naturally the dog receives more attention than the shoes.

It all matters

Weeks later the fire department received a letter from the homeowner  thanking the firefighters for their heroic work. She made a point of being especially grateful that someone had even gone to the effort to get her a pair of shoes. That letter made Mark realise something – it all matters. Generosity and kindness on a big scale matter just as much of kindness passed on in a small way.

Don’t wait

Mark urges his Ted audience to not wait until they are wealthy or in the right position to help someone now. Do it now. In Mark’s words

“Don’t wait until you make your first million to make a difference in somebody’s life. If you have something to give, give it now. Serve food at a soup kitchen. Clean up a neighborhood park. Be a mentor. 3:28Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save somebody’s life, but every day offers us an opportunity to affect one. So get in the game. Save the shoes.”

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Vanessa Rose