If it weren’t for Professor Xavier, the X-Men would be a bunch of dysfunctional deadbeats living in fear and isolation. It wasn’t until Professor X sought them out, looked each of them in the eye, and convinced them that the very characteristics they hated about themselves actually had the potential to save the world, that they began to step into their true identities as super-humans.
There’s that one scene in every great movie. You know the one I’m talking about.
That scene where it looks like the hero is about to lose it all.
When George Bailey cries out to God in a drunken stupor, “I’m at the end of my rope.”
When Luke Skywalker finds out that his is the only spaceship left in the attack against the Death Star.
When Buzz Lightyear realizes that after all this time, he really is just an ordinary toy.
We can all relate to those characters, especially Buzz. We start out this life believing we’re capable of doing anything, that we’re invincible, that we can fly. Then life gives us a couple of dozen smacks across the face and we’re left struggling to believe if we ever possessed any value at all. Our disbelief opens the door wide open to Fear who invites Pain and Struggle along for the party, initiating a cycle of Pity Party Paralysis.
I like to sleep with the radio on. But not because I listen to it. It’s the noise I need. That constant hum of static, chatting and breaking news helps me block out everything else. It keeps me from thinking about actually needing to fall asleep.
Life didn’t turn out like the preacher said it would. Cancer came. Our spouse left. We tried to accomplish our dreams and failed. This is definitely not what we asked for. So what do we do when we don’t get an answer to our prayers? *Photo Credit: Pricenfees When I began writing and speaking, I […]
The news is recapping presidential debates and local election statistics daily. Flyers and billboards feature the faces of candidates and their slogans. Our neighbors are sticking yard signs in their front lawns staking their political stance and to whom their vote belongs. When we’re bombarded with political media messages and neighborly voting advice, how do […]
“You can be anything you want to be.” As I’ve had conversations with members of the Millennial generation, this is a phrase that almost all of them have agreed they’ve heard throughout their childhood. While it sounds so great and inspirational, it’s actually a lie. Take me for example. When I was a kid, I […]
I’ve talked to a lot of people lately who have set a goal in this New Year to be more thankful; especially for the ordinary things that go unnoticed. Like the sunshine. Or coffee. Author Ann Voskamp discusses this choice to be grateful for the small stuff in her book One Thousand Gifts. She says, “Gratitude […]
Someone once told me I was an introvert with a high social capacity. In that very moment my whole world made sense. That was me, perfectly. I love people but I also adore my quiet time. I want to change the world but, in order to accomplish anything, I need to be alone in my […]
’Tis the season of giving. But while we assume we need to be rushing off to purchase perfect presents, we can actually do something great with what we’ve got. Take this woman and her boots for example. She was on the subway in New York. Another lady entered her car barefoot and evidently chilly by […]
Mental illness is a lot more common than you think. 1 in 5 American adults experiences a mental illness at some time in their life. Currently 1 in 10 Americans is on antidepressant medication. 42,000,000 adults live with an anxiety disorder. 20% of kids aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition. The question […]
If you think you’ve had a taco but haven’t eaten one in San Diego then you haven’t actually had one. The tacos where I live are some of the best in the world, I’m convinced. So it’s one of my favorite things when I get to treat my wife and daughter to a taco night. […]