Heroism and My Heroes


True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. –Arthur Ashe

Hero is a person who is distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility and strength often at the face of adverse and challenging circumstances. We often idealize of heroes portrayed in movies and media with glamour and persona which is far from reality. Very rarely we encounter the cases of ordinary people who have done much to the service of others. I present to you here some of the such representative heroes:

Dinesh KC, taxi driver who returned huge sum of money (500K) to the owner who had mistakenly forgot in his cab.

Binod Shahi, a humble youth from Kathmandu, has been relentlessly working towards educating and serving the remote and very backward society in Upper Dolpa region of the HImalayas since 2005.

Dorje Gurung, an international teacher following an painful experience in Qatar comes back to Nepal to give back to less privileged children like he was before getting the opportunity for education which changed his life for better. He is now serving as Education Program Director at Community Members Interested (COMMITTED),

So, it is important to take notice and appreciate heroism around us. We must also remember to learn from heroes surrounding us in our environment which will ultimately help us in exploring the potential that lies within each one of us to let it manifest for greater good. People like ourselves when we act and speak up for our values can make meaningful and big differences in a long run. We all have potential for heroism, we need to take action at right time for right reasons.

We all have our own heroes in our mind. Can you think of five persons whom you consider as heroes who have significantly influenced your life? They could be ones still living or passed away. Let me share about four persons whom I consider as heroes for their deeds and way of being who have influenced me deeply.

My Grandfather – Macha Kaji Maharjan. For his love and faith in me. For optimism and resilience he showed throughout his life. He is no more with us today but he still lives in my heart and am forever grateful towards him.

Ayan Bahadur Shrestha. A Senior Nepalese psychologist in his mid-80s is an inspirational person whom I greatly respect. He is leading peaceful retired life. Nevertheless, he is still active in writing books on psychology and continues to provide guidance and support to juniors who go seeking to him.

Brandon Kohrt. A compassionate psychiatrist and medical anthropologist committed in improving mental health and psychosocial services in South Asia. He has worked in Nepal with the mission to provide culturally-appropriate and sustainable mental health care to the most vulnerable population from rural Nepal.

Jamuna Shrestha. A senior counselor, trainer and clinical supervisor. She has worked with refugees since 1991, supporting them from their initial arrival through their third country resettlement process. She provides supervision support to the counselors and have been supporting survivors of sexual abuse, sexual gender based violence and tortured especially, women and children.

The Heroic Imagination, a project led by psychologist Phil Zimbardo might also be interesting to check out: http://heroicimagination.org/welcome/future-of-heroism/

If you have to follow someone, follow because of what s/he stands for, follow because of what s/he represents.

That way when s/he is lost, which can happen, or is gone, which happens to every one of us sooner or later, then you’ll still have a path!

– from Dorje Gurung

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