Heroism: How to have a clear head

Brainiac 5 and Clark Kent on hero business

Does it matter if I find a good quote in a TV show? Is that worse than finding one in a popular novel, or hearing one from a baseball player or pop star?

A hero is made in the moment. Not by questioning the past or fearing what is to come. – James Marsters, as Brainiac 5, in “Smallville: Homecoming”

Here we go. <whew>

Look. If you wanna be the hero the world needs; if you wanna do the right thing at the right time; if you wanna have the power to make a difference, then you gotta let go of the past.

What EXACTLY is the thing in the past that holds you back? Well, it takes a couple forms:

  1. You once made a mistake, and you dealt with the consequences, but you haven’t been able to forgive yourself for it.
  2. Someone once hurt you, and you haven’t been able to let it go. Remember: you hold on to that in your heart, you are NOT hurting the offender. Chances are whatever happened has been forgotten by about everyone else. You just hurt you. You dig it up in your memory, and the hurt becomes fresh as if it were just done to you, dude.
  3. People around you have made mistakes, and you can’t let go of theirs any more than you let go of your own.

There are probably other causes, other side-effects. You tell me what I’ve missed. But you need to find a way to shove that stuff into a dark, deserted corner of your mind (if you can’t forget it altogether), and give yourself a clear head, and you need to get about living your life, baby. If you can’t do it yourself, seek out some wise folks to help you: good friends (if they’re wise enough), or your clergy, your supervisor, your health-services professional, someone.

Be the hero. Listen, you KNOW you can do it. This stuff has been floating around in your head for some time now. Act on it, and whaddaya know? There’s you, being all heroic and stuff. 🙂


~ by Ron Graham on October 20, 2010.

One Response to “Heroism: How to have a clear head”

  1. […] It’s not your fault if you don’t MAKE it your fault. You’re not the Psycho B**** I wrote about earlier. You can go away from this with a clear head. […]

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