24 is my go-to T.V series. I will always pick up a season and start watching it like it’s the first time. My love for 24 has everything to do with the main character in this series, Jack Bauer.
He opened my eyes to a world I didn’t know. The world of spies that we never see or sing praises to, yet they ensure that we live through the toughest attempts of reaching the highest levels of stupidity by those that have flesh and blood like us. In 24, Jack risks it all. He lost family, friends, and everything to save his country and the world from those evil men that make these attempts every so often.
24 showed me how these silent minority men and women save our world daily. No matter what you ask of them, they are up to the task. In a single day, Jack Bauer will stop a nuclear detonation, save the American president, prevent a nerve gas attack and protect his friend or family. This was how I envisioned the world would always be saved.
Along the way came a young engineer and risked it all to save his brother. He went to prison and got his brother out. Then at that moment, I realized we all wouldn’t be able to stop nuclear warheads from being detonated. We may not even be able to break prison walls to save our brothers as Scofield did.
All of us need to heed to the voice of Napoleon Hill who said that ‘if you cannot do great things, then do small things in a great way.’ You and I get to save the world this way. Smile at someone. It may be all they need to lighten up their world. Pay the taxi fare for someone. Do small acts of kindness on a daily basis for people that don’t know you, may never know you or may never be able to pay you back. Plant a tree. Wave at children. Take a first aid course. It may come in handy one day and save someone’s world. Give of your time. Listen. Just listen. You will be surprised at how many people out there need someone who can listen to them without giving advice, telling them why or feeling the need to do something.
Today I did my part in saving the world. I stopped my car, signaled to oncoming traffic to do the same so that a young girl can cross the road. She smiled and waved as she crossed and I knew, the world is now a better place.
By Nyombi Allan
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