We each have a Hero in us. Our Hero is the best and the noblest we can be. Our Hero emerges after we have healed our childhood wounds and after we have moved past our habitual defenses (drinking, eating, compulsive busyness, endless chatter, blaming). Then we spend time in the stillness at our core. The Hero tints the light that lives at our center and expresses our individuality.

Self-acceptance is the hallmark of the Hero. We accept ourselves not because we are impressed with our achievements and not because we approve of the person we’ve become. We accept ourselves because that’s our job. We stay on our own side no matter what. When we succeed and when we fall short, we are our own best friend. When we embarrass ourselves publicly or choose poorly and incur severe consequences, our response is always, “I’m here for you and with you.”

Lack of self-acceptance shows when we lack self-discipline, when we demand excessive time and attention from others, when someone else’s opinion can devastate us, when we criticize another, or when we tolerate disrespect. Not everyone will know us or appreciate us. We accept others as we accept ourselves; we allow them their opinions and their preferences. We don’t need anyone to be like us or to like us. And we support others in living their own lives with or without us.

Our Hero never disparages us but always whispers through us, “I am a winner.” The Hero lives in us deeper than our minds or our personalities. The Hero isn’t based on behavior but on self-love. And that self-love is a given. No matter what we do, we practice commitment to ourselves. We apologize when we err, but we never condemn ourselves. We always progress and we can always choose again. Through our Hero we learn and we grow and we say Yes to the expression of Life that we are.

The Hero in us watches and wonders and celebrates Life. And practices gratitude for everything.