Until the age of seven, Heru Smith’s life revolved largely around living in St. Mary’s Hospital, New York City with nurses pampering and fussing all over him. He remembers the hospital staff being very good to him, playing with him and thinking he was “really cute.”
Heru had legs until he was three, but they were amputated in a medical surgical operation, because, they were twisted towards his groin area.
A highlight of Heru’s childhood career was that at the age of five, he made the front page of his local newspaper, when he walked for the first time, on prosthetic legs. Heru recalls that it was great that he didn’t need to be on the floor. The nurses helped him into his legs, supported his back and cheered him on!
When Heru left the hospital at the age of seven, his childhood changed from being very happy to being “weird” and rather sad. People, mostly grown adults, stared on the bus and on the train, making him feel awkward, ugly and out of place. A confused young Heru would ask his mother on their daily excursions, “Ma, is there something wrong with me?” He couldn’t take it, he was upset and would cry a lot. Heru describes those years as being dark: “I didn’t like the light – I scared easily.” He would come home and talk to his grandmother about it and she would comfort him, hugging him and saying, “Don’t be too upset – God has a reason for everything.”
Heru began to come into the light at the age of twenty, when he began to make friends. One particular young man, Hose, was a special blessing, because, Heru wasn’t too trusting or open to making any friends, but Hose kept on coming back to the front porch to greet Heru and talk for a while. Hose’s Sister was also home on one of these occasions when Hose came around and she began encouraging Heru to engage with Hose, saying, “talk to him, talk to him!” Soon Hose and Heru became great friends and Hose introduced Heru to more friends and they would all go out together. On one of these occasions a grown lady stared cruelly at Heru. One of Heru’s friends bursted out at her, “excuse me, why are you staring, he’s not different – if you don’t have anything nice to say, just look the other way!” It was from that time on that Heru realized that he had some really good friends.
Heru says that his biggest achievement is that next year, 2018, he will be receiving his associate’s degree and he will then go on to study for his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at New York City College of Technology.
On the spirituality of success, Heru has this to say: “I define spiritual success as understanding who you are, inside and out and realizing the power that is within you. Not the ego, but the self. The success is realizing this power of the self. But, we are not informed of the power that is within us – we are told that we must receive it outside of us.”
Heru emphasizes that there is a difference between “inner power” and the “ego”. He says: “The ego and the self are not the same thing – they are two different souls within one and they are fighting for power – the ego likes to brag. The ego likes to get even. The ego loves to go back and forth until it is no longer you. You have to figure it out that the ego is not you. Sometimes, put it to the side and you orchestrate things. If you can put the ego aside, you learn that you can vibrate at your own beat. Once you realize that you can control your ego, that’s when the hidden power comes, because, now you can move to your own beat, rather than the ego’s vibration, because, it’s whole purpose is to fool you that it is a part of you.
Heru says that his own highest truth is that we are all a part of each other: “The only difference is we think too much as individuals, rather than thinking we are part of something bigger. We all have five senses; smell, touch, taste, sight and hearing. By virtue of us having the same senses, we are similar. The blind and the sighted both see, the blind just might have stronger inner-sight or intuition.”
Heru says the following about US President Donald Trump: “The President is forcing us to realize that people in power don’t care and that we should look after one another, because, he is not looking after humanity, so, we should do it ourselves.”
Heru is set to stretch his wings and soar as he stars in a new movie, “A Beautiful Champion,” based on his life, for release, next year, by Purple Diamond Media. He says that he would like like to portray a heroic character that shows that, “we all go through trials and tribulations, but if we can realize the true power within us, we can overcome anything.”
Author Bio: Lerato Nkabane
Lerato Nkabane is a South African writer who cannot stop writing! She writes prolifically, with one goal in mind: peace on Earth; everlasting peace in her lifetime. She has so far composed two childrens’ stories. Lerato’s articles on business for social change and also, progressive education for the youth of her countries of Botswana and South Africa have been published widely. Lerato has also “lent her voice” on human rights issues.
Lerato believes that, at best, peace is what we all yearn for, as she believes that adulthood is an “always-on” struggle for the simple and serene, complete peace, something we all search for, but find so elusive. Lerato has founded a movement, “World Peace Today,” which is in its infancy. Join the movement!
Lerato Nkabane can be reached at Lnkabane1@gmail.com
(Lerato: “I thank You! Peace rainbows!”)