Editor’s Note – Ordinary Heroes

From the Editor

Shaun Hoon

How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?

Do you want to be remembered because of the amount of wealth and medals that you acquired in your lifetime? Or, do you want to be remembered for the number of lives that you may have touched along the way? In a perfect world, I wish that you could have both.

I have been to enough funerals to observe that in the end, it is often a person’s generosity, thoughtfulness and the special intimate moments that are discussed by family and friends. People seldom talk about one’s qualifications or job title.

This issue is about the “ordinary” people who shape our society. Those unsung heroes who work tirelessly but are not often acknowledged. These “ordinary” people are the ones, who because of their courage, belief and perseverance continue working to make the world a better place to live in.

There is one common factor which links all of the people in this issue and that is, their mutual understanding of a purpose bigger than themselves. Rather than chasing accolades or financial rewards, these people work selflessly for the benefit of others, often in perfect silence.

An example of this is my primary school teacher and her friends who changed the world of the Penan people living in Limbang by mobilising the community to sell handcrafted Penan baskets to raise money to help the village.

When I asked her to be interviewed for this issue, she politely declined, referring to herself as “just an ordinary housewife helping another housewife in need.”

For every story of an “ordinary” hero featured in this magazine, there are countless other “ordinary” people whose heroic stories are unaccounted for. As such, we would like to dedicate this issue to the everyday heroes in our society.

How do you define your life purpose?

Perhaps you could start by asking yourself our opening question, “How would I like to be remembered?”

This article was published in the Oct-Dec 2014 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!