Comic Wisdom

Just because something is shared in a comic or a comic movie doesn't mean it doesn't still have an impact.  Read the following two quotes and you will understand what I am saying.

I believe there is a hero in all of us. That keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble and finally allows us to die with pride.  Even though sometimes we have to be steady and give up the thing we want the most. - Rosemary Harris as Aunt May in Spider-Man 2 (2004).
These are the years that a man changes into a man that he will become for the rest of his life.  Just be careful who you change into.  Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. - Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben in Spider-Man (2002).

Now you can dismiss these thoughts as childish, but I would ask you to reconsider.  

As parents, we constantly work to teach our children right from wrong.  We make every effort to get them to share and be nice to others.  Don't talk to strangers and eat your vegetables.  What happens as we age.  We hoard everything we can for ourselves.  We try to get whatever we can regardless of the costs to others.  We still don't talk to strangers or each other for that matter.  Eating a carrot stick once a week is now considered healthy eating.

We forget that every human has a certain skill set.  Not that skill set, but other skills.

Skills that we can help better the lives of others.  Have you ever volunteered your time?  I don't mean because your company forced you to do so.  I mean given up your time and energy to help another human being with no thought of reward or payment?  If not you are not failing in your responsibilities.  You have an obligation to help those that you can.

When we act only to meet our own needs, we miss entirely the point of our existence.  Doing something for another human being without publicity or recognition is the truest form of service.  If you see someone "volunteering" their time with a camera crew, you can be sure the only purpose was the postive publicity.

 Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. - CS Lewis

I believe integrity also involves helping others when you can.  Not for the publicity.  Not for the endorphin rush you might get for doing the right thing.  It is not about you.  It is about the other person.  It may have been a small thing to you, but huge to them.  It is simply treating others in the manner you would like to be treated.

It may be telling the waitress that you want to pay for the meal of the family in the corner.  You know the one I am talking about.  The children are acting out, the parents look like they haven't slept in weeks and they are just trying to make it through the day.  You don't know them, but you can understand the emotional roller-coaster they are on.  They will never know that is was you who took care of their meal, but I can guarantee they will tell everyone about it.  You had an impact on their lives and they won't forget it.  Maybe down the road they will have the opportunity to do the same for someone else.

So you have to ask yourself.  What are you willing to sacrifice for another human being?  Not an obligation, but a true sacrifice.  Find yours today and recognize how important it could be to another.