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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lost Souls, Legends, and How to Crawl Out of the Darkness_HERO LOST ANTHOLOGY spotlight

Answers from Fellow HERO LOST author
Erika Beebe

“What makes a person a Lost Soul?”

Let me begin with a reference to one of my all-time favorite movies, Hancock.

There’s a defining scene when John Hancock is confessing his perception of himself 

to big-hearted human Ray at the dinner table.

John Hancock is a lost hero, an alcoholic and tends to try to save people from a deathly fate, 

but often makes the wrong choices

and ends up hurting the situation more than he helps. Back to his confession, 

it went something along these lines:
I woke up in a hospital room with no memory. 

No recollection of myself. 

And after weeks of posting coverage in the paper to anyone who might know the man, 

no one ever showed to claim me.
Hancock’s mind went into a downward spiral. 

During his confession he said something like:

What kind of selfish jerk must I have been 

to wake up alone, no memory, and no one ever coming to claim me? 

No family. Not even a friend.
Thoughts are powerful.

Most times we tell ourselves, 

I will always be unlucky, or unloved, or a selfish jerk who will never get it right. 

What kind of person almost kills his/her child? Or dog? Or spouse?

These types of questions haunt Lost Souls, even when these questions might be far from the truth.
So what happens next?

Lost Souls act in accordance with our mind.

We believe these thoughts whole-heartedly and act in such a way these twisted thoughts become our reality.

This is what I consider the Lost Soul thinking. It’s very real. Hancock is my favorite example.

“What makes a person a Legend?”
A Legend, in my humble opinion, is a value-based term.

 Some people may say famous baseball players Babe Ruth or George Brett are definite Legends.

Former Kansas City Chief’s football player Priest Holmes is one of my own sport’s favorite legends.

Others not of certain athletic ability might be Mother Theresa, Jane Goodall, Audrey Hepburn and most definitely Joan of Arc.

A Legend is not just skill based in my eyes.

A Legend is about heart and action and whether the internal value set

 aligns with the steps and actions taken to give hope to others, including animals, when none seems to be found.

“How do we find our Way back to Ourselves?”
Again, in my honest humble opinion, and as demonstrated in Hancock’s case,

sometimes it takes a firm set of hands on one’s shoulders, an eye to eye contact,

and some sort of rattling speech or action to switch the current thought patterns.

At this phase, a habit has formed, and yes, I am a huge advocate for the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

And back to the habit,

a new thought process must form in conjunction with aggressive and immediate action.

The mindset must be, “There’s no time like the present,” or, “There’s no turning back.”

How to reach me?
Blog: Cloud Nine
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  1. Thank you for spot-lighting me on your blog, Roland. It is truly an honor and you put it together so perfectly. :)

  2. I like the idea of separating "legend" from "celebrity". A lost soul does sound like someone separated from humanity.

    1. Or at least separated from his own humanity. Thanks for visiting and staying to chat, Tamara

  3. Great answers Erika! I remember finding 7 Habits to be a really useful tool back when I worked in corporate la-la land.

    1. Oh, I forgot to tell you: your spotlight will post Saturday evening at 7 Central Time. Hope you will like being teamed with William Faulkner!

    2. I can't wait to be out of la-la land Thank you Ellen.