The AIRPORT… A place of runways and buildings for the take-off and landing of air crafts. A place where smiles can be seen welcoming your loved ones and tears for those who are about to leave their dearests. A place where you can hear the noise of people crying and laughing together, music being played around, the announcement of the flights and the sound of the landing and departing airplanes. Do we hear SILENCE here? Does the airport close on holidays? Do they also take a rest?
Airports do not close on holidays. Employees work and earn money but also experience leaving their loved ones just to be able to serve us. Now take a look at this picture and pretend that you can make these people stop in a snap. Feel the magic. What do you see? What do you hear? SILENCE. Because at one point in time, even if there is noise around you, even if the surrounding is colorful, we still need to stop and feel the SILENCE in our hearts. To thank the Lord for another day and to be grateful for everything that we have.
The AIRPORT, a place of both sadness and happiness. Noise and SILENCE.
If you’d search for the meaning of the word SUPERHERO, you’d get the following definition…
type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superhero
If you would notice, they are giving us the same definition. Maybe not the same set of words, but same idea. Wikipedia, Google, Merriam-webster, Dictionary, Cambridge and such. But do you really think SUPERHEROES are those wearing costumes, those who can fly, those who have amazing powers?
At one point in time, we believed. Especially when we were young. We believed that we can be superheroes and that we can have amazing powers. But as you grow older, you get to understand the REAL MEANING of SUPERHEROES…
This is when you do not have to wear costumes, you do not have to have video cameras and reporters just like what we see on TV. This is when you do not have to fly just to save someone.
Being a superhero would mean “HELPING”. Any act of helping, big or small, can already make a big impact on people. Helping poor ones, helping even the rich ones, helping animals or so – it is already an act of helping. HELPING is your SUPERPOWER. You can be a SUPERHERO yourself. Anybody can be a SUPERHERO, even without those capes and masks.
Now check this out! I met these people from the Philippines, who became superheroes themselves.
So who are they?
They call themselves ZINCO BROTHERS. A brotherhood of young people who have been friends for almost 2 decades now. They have been together since they were young. Through ups and downs, they have seen each other’s downsides and are all very familiar with each other’s flaws. From rural to urban, they still come back to what they consider SECOND HOME.
A few years back, they decided to name the group ZINCO, where they used to hang out when they were young and where they met all the members. One day, they thought of something different from what they usually do. Almost every month, they would drink, hang out, party and all. And then they all decided to do something productive or fruitful. To HELP others who are in need. They can still remember the first time they donated to a certain Orphanage in the Philippines. They started young. The children from the orphanage were young too.
And then they all decided to do it annually. So every year, they prepare goods, stuff, and food for the children of that Orphanage. They only started with a SACK OF RICE. That’s it. They only wanted to help. Their only concern then was to make other people smile. Nothing more – nothing less.
And now? They can already provide boxes of fruits, boxes of toys, boxes of clothes, boxes of rice and goods for each child and staff, they can now provide a day full of fun, games, and celebration. They participate yearly by preparing food and sharing money for them to be able to make the event for the kids successful. They all agreed to celebrate their anniversary every December with these kids.
For a long time, they all kept this to themselves. They believed that they do not have to tell the world about their good deeds. Then again, I still tried my luck to have an interview with them because I believe that, we do not have to show this to people for fame, but instead to INSPIRE others in HELPING and doing good deeds.
When they started it was just a sack of rice sent to the Orphanage. There were only a few of them. The orphans were young then. And now, together with the wives, sisters and their children, they all HELP each other to be able to make these waifs smile every Christmas Season. And the latest PHOTO? It was taken last year. Some of the kids are already adults. All the members participated in the said event wearing different costumes of SUPERHEROES.
See, they have been superheroes themselves since the day they started making these children happy. Wearing costumes last year was just a BONUS. To make them happier.
So, what does it really take to be a SUPERHERO? Nothing but A GOOD HEART. Giving without expecting anything in RETURN.
Looking forward to having another interview with these people in the next few years. Let’s see what the theme is going to be like this December… 🙂
This week’s Daily Post challenge is to write a post about a superhero who speaks to you. Shhhh, I have actually met all of these SUPERHEROES in person.. :p FLY HIGH GUYS!Till our next adventure ZINCO BROTHERS! Thank you for giving The Anonymous Writer the chance to know all of you. Keep it up!