Their alter egos were Batman, Superman, and Spiderman, among others, Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and Stan Lee. I didn’t know it as a child, but these men would fill a great portion of my life.
I also didn’t realize that they all happened to be the children of Jewish immigrants. This second week of January, when the mundane threatens the goals you made last week, pause for a moment. I’d like to share three lessons from our comic heroes that will help you defeat your Jokers.
First, Superman’s phone booth. For anyone under thirty five, a phone booth was a glass and wood, or plastic cabinet that included a land line telephone. It’s where Clark Kent would go to change into his Superman costume.
When trouble happened, he stopped long enough to regroup. No one expects you to be Superman twenty four seven, just to show up. They’ll be time enough to stop the train, allow yourself a minute to breathe. We can’t do it all in a week’s time, but we can do it a week at a time.
Second, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Chief O’Hara were a phone call away. Even Batman, the greatest comic book hero of all time, needed help. You and I are no different, we have friends that we can call to support us in our goals.
No one expects you to succeed alone, the only One who could do it by Himself, chose not to go it alone. Christ loved His Church enough to share with us, the goal of spreading The Gospel. If you’re struggling, call that friend you can trust to have your back.
Third, Spiderman’s web shooters. Among all of his other powers, he couldn’t natively spin webs. He had to invent wrist bracelets that could spin them for him. If you’re struggling, what tools are you not using that could make the difference?
From writing down your goals, to an app, or even a calendar reminder, small tools help build big buildings. Don’t allow discouragement, frustration, or everyday life to rob you of what you want to accomplish.
The creators of Gotham, Metropolis, and Peter Parker wrote their American Dream. One where a citizen of this great country could overcome poverty, hardship, and even kryptonite to succeed. Each man pursued more than weekly adventures, they fulfilled their dreams.
So can you and I, it just takes continuously writing our episode each week. Draw on your strengths, rely on those who support you, and don’t allow cliff hanger situations to be your ending. View your latest battle not as a defeat, but a setback. Rest up, gear up, and add this caption to what you’re facing…”Tune in next week to see how our hero defeats ___________!”