I am fascinated by this topic because I see the hero's journey as the same journey many of us face in our ascent up the leadership ladder.
At the core of wisdom as a practice is the skill to create, discern, and improvise. How then do you become a great improviser in the jazz of life?
Cleveland, home of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Paul Newman, now has another bit of notable fact...three women, recovered after being kidnapped for ten years by three brothers...it's almost like a fractured fairy tale, except that the moral lesson may be harder to find.
From the moment I first turned the television on, I couldn't get comfortable with the heroism narrative. The Boston Marathon bombings didn't speak to me of the goodness of humanity in the face of evil, but the corruption of our species and the ways we try our best to control it.
While crappy things happen in work and in life, it's not the events themselves that matter. It's how we handle them that make all the difference.
This has been an impossible couple of weeks of tragedy and triumph, brokenness and bravery, gory injuries and graciousness, terror and tenacity, angry words and awakenings, betrayal and blessing.
Scorsese's complete shut-out of women in the hero category inspires me to come up with a counter-list. My ten heroines, from the popular canon, achieve their objective by hewing to character, by verbal dexterity, and by using their heads.
A hero is defined as a person noted for a courageous act. And courage it is said, is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgment that something is more important than the fright felt.
During his 1976 prosecution of Klansman Robert Chambliss in the Alabama church bombing case, the mail for (then) Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley included racist rants, personal insults and death threats. Unfazed, Baxley placed them in a file he labeled "Kooks and Nuts."
I am not here to speculate on what happened at the finish line, instead I am here to share what I know of the special bond that exists between runners, those who cheer them on, and the clear display of heroism that is found in both.
nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.
I recently sat down with Andrew Morrison-Gurza, a 28 year old gay male who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Andrew is a grad student who is finishing his MA in Legal Studies with a concentration on Disability and currently looking for work.
Of all the horrors associated with a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Mexicans, the country's children and adolescents are perhaps the greatest casualty.
"There is something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a man," a quote by Winston Churchill, is the sentiment this nonprofit lives by.
If I had a takeaway from the two inspirational speakers for the day, it would be that kindness is contagious, and it leads to greater benefits for the giver, and that happiness is about wanting what you already have.
Knepper doesn't pull any punches. He's an intense guy with great stories, strong opinions and not a hint of the malevolence many expect from the man who channeled T-Bag with such brutal realism from 2005 to 2009.