An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

“We are the superhero, none of us individually, but all of us together.” – Hank Green

Accepting this truth solves multiple ego problems.

Which happens to be one of the absolutely remarkable themes of Hank (brother of John) Green’s first novel.

If you haven’t read it yet, here is another absolutely remarkable (and very notable) theme…

Uncomfortable but true, the SF tale is packed with timely reminders of…

  • our vulnerability
  • the penalty our insecurity and arrogance will extract from our relationships
  • the destructive power of hatred and fear
  • how wrong we can be when we think we are so right
  • how much we need each other

Whether you like fiction or not, you may have to admit that the Green brothers are smart, humble dudes who make remarkable insight absolutely entertaining.

For Pizza Delivery Drivers Everywhere

Quirky, Long Island pizza delivery boy, Sal Vanentinetti gets the golden buzzer singing his heart out on America’s Got Talent.

Jon Stewart worked as a bartender in a sleazy dive.

Kurt Warner sacked groceries at a supermarket.

J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter at a coffee shop while unemployed.

If you haven’t already started treating every one as if they are important, the knowledge that we never know who someone really is, or who they might become should be an incentive.

None of us want to feel invisible or like a nobody, but it sure is easy to treat service people, the unemployed, the elderly, children, or those without social status as if they have limited value.

Smart man.

War Room

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Whether or not you agree with the evangelical theme of the new movie about the power of prayer, there are certain things about it that merit attention.

  1. If concern for the well-being of another moves us to take strategic action (in the form of prayer) for their sake, this is a much better alternative than worrying, fretting, despairing, manipulating, or judging.
  2. Confident, loving, and courageous prayer strengthens character. Whimpering, self-pitying, wringing-of-the-hands praying tends to feed a fearful and defeated self. This movie is about taking charge.
  3. Prayer for our perceived enemies moves us closer to empathy and partnership: the place where sustainable change actually happens.

I like reminders to use all the power available to me. Warriors trump victims.