Real Super Heroes

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Superheroes have their problems too.

I just read an insightful piece on Stan Lee – the comic book creator that brought to life Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, and many other iconic superheroes.

Stan had lost his interest in writing.  On the verge of quitting his job as a comic book writer, Lee had a heart to heart with his wife who convinced him to take the biggest risk of his career.  Lee said “You can never do your best work if you ignore your intuition. I always hated that comic book characters were unbelievable.  Read Mark Twain or Charles Dickens – the characters have problems.  Real heroes aren’t perfect.

So Stan made a major shift in his portrayal of the super-heroes.  He gave us a glimpse into their weaknesses. And somewhere, somehow, we could identify with them again.

The take-away?

Quit posing.

Quit pretending that you have it all together.

Those that God has placed in your circle of influence need to know that you hurt too, that you fall down, that you are sometimes just as confused about this thing called life as they are.

Those around us will always identify more with our struggles and failures than they will with our perceived successes.

Open up Captain America……

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Liz Diaz on February 24, 2009 at 11:36 PM

    Webster’s dictionary gives a few definitions of hero. One definition uses strong words like mythological, legendary, divine descent, endowed with great strength and abilities. Putting into our mind and vision it would be quit impossible for one to see human frailties and realness in a person with those attributes. I can however relate to a hero defined as a person admired for their achievements, one possessing noble qualities or a person that displays great courage.

    For me the questions arise with, were we not taught to suck it up? Don’t let them see you cry. Hero at any level super or not portrays invincibility. Another question, are all people God places in our circle of influence good? Will they have our best interests in mind?

    I believe a hero is many different things for each of us. Yes, I do agree and believe a hero to be someone that is willing to take a chance, step out of the box, admit error, fall and get up and strive to do it better the next time. Something changes when you label someone with a title.

    We should all strive to be hero’s with every breath we take…

  2. “Those that God has placed in your circle of influence need to know that you hurt too, that you fall down, that you are sometimes just as confused about this thing called life as they are.”

    I started blogging again. I’m doing just that. Opening up.

  3. Chris – atta boy. God’s story needs to live out thru you. Don’t hide it bro. Others future may just depend on it…..

  4. Liz – great thoughts as usual.

    No – not all that cross our path are good. But HE is good, and we are called to share His goodness (love) with everyone. The rest is up to Him and them……

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