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I am devoted to helping people become more of what is possible for them. My commitment, actually my passion, is to help people become more fully alive.

When our"Heroes" fly too close to the Sun

What do our fears have to do with our designated 'heroes'downfall. In Greek mythology Icarus, son of inventor Daedalus,did not heed his father's warning "do not go too close to the sun",because his wings were made of feathers and wax. In his heady excitement with youthful feelings of invincibility, he flew too close. The wax melted,his wings fell off, dumping Icarus into the sea.

Because of our own fears and unlived lives,we project our hunger for heroes unto unlikely suspects.There is a cultural pattern to make heroes out of other humans that are excelling,especially in sports. Yes these are gifted people in their own right, but as we see all too often cannot accept the mantle  of the projection (hero) that we place on their shoulders. There have been several examples lately, as in the case of Lance Armstrong. Oscar Pistorius, and others.  Of course they are responsible for their choices,however we need to examine the part we play when we continuosly put pressure on athletes to win and be our heroes.

The heroes journey is that of caring about the spiritual welfare of others above one's own needs. Too often the people we pick to be our heroes says more about us than them. They are unable to carry our unlived desires and passions on their too human shoulders. It is important then for us to reflect and assume responsibility for the part we play in keeping such energy alive in our lives and our culture. Let us look in the mirror.