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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Superman!

Well I know many of us are looking forward to the release of the new SUPERMAN movie this Friday. Many who know that I auditioned for that role early on have voiced concerns that I must be emotionally distraught over not getting that role. Well, sure, I wanted that role and was disappointed at the time when I didn't get it, but now I'm really looking forward to seeing what the film makers did with it. If I were to carry all the energy of failure and defeat around from every audition that I didn't book, that would be like Superman toting around a backpack full of kryptonite!! That would be wacky!! But hey, don't we do that to ourselves all the time? Maybe you have different challanges in your life but the metaphor is the same. Do you have any kryptonite in your backpack? What's keeping you from setting it down? How much more energy and joy would you have in your life if you let it go? What's stopping you from being your own SUPERHERO?

All Things Possible!
Chris

18 Comments:

  • At 5:55 PM, June 27, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Not that I'm anxious to see it myself or anything Chris, but I have a ticket to see the new Superman film tonight - apparently some theatres get to show it today at 10:00 pm before the official opening tomorrow! Hope you don't mind the slight correction on the opening date.

    I couldn't agree with you more on the comment about not carrying around failure and defeat - it certainly can hold a person back. I'm still carrying around a lost student council election from high school lo these many years/decades ago! I keep trying to let it go, but...

    I don't think it's actually holding me though - in some ways it's caused me to try harder to attain. So perhaps every temporary set back is really a lesson in disguise.

    Dave

     
  • At 3:54 AM, June 28, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Chris, the next time you look in the mirror, you will see a super man. The fact that Brandond was chosen to portray the comic book superhero only gave you the opportunity to have more time to save others with your beautiful thoughts, encouraging words and strong convictions. Remember, the universe is unfolding the way it should.

    I put down my kryptonite years ago and have been getting stronger ever since. I still have challenges in my life, but I see them as opportunities for improvement. I'm not getting older--just getting better!

    I am now deciding about whether or not to accept a promotion in my workspace that will move me and my family from Pittsburgh to the Chicago area...a move that could be emotionally draining. Maybe I can be just as much of a Superman here in the 'Burgh as much as I could be a Superman in the Windy City...

    Kick back with some popcorn and enjoy the movie, Chris...and remember that you are Superman for many of us here on Earth!

    Have a great week,
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

     
  • At 11:27 AM, June 28, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Dave! You crack me up! Somehow I knew you'd be first in line. For those of you who don't know, Dave has been to Metropolis, USA (was that in Indiana?) And he submitted a stunning photo of the Superman statue they have there in the town square. Good luck with getting over the Student Council thing. I know for a fact that you have had several much bigger wins in the interim! BTW, are you going to ComiCon in San Diego this year?

    Hey Patrick!! Congratulations on the Job promotion offer. Even if you don't take it, it's nice to be recognized for it. Also, thanks for the lovely superhero comments. I think you're absolutely right that we ALL have an inner super hero. To infinity and beyond!

    All Things Possible!
    Chris

     
  • At 2:52 PM, June 28, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    What is my kryptonite? This is an easy one and answered without hesitation: BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

    I'm sure you've heard the phrase "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a duck". Well, brussel sprouts look like horse manure and smell like horse manure so.......

    Tim

     
  • At 8:34 PM, June 28, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Chris,
    Metropolis is in Illinois, near the Kentucky border (not far from Paducah KY). I won't be able to get to the San Diego Con again this year because of work commitments - but it is still on my "life list" of things to do.

    As far as my inner hero goes - when I want to reveal him I just put on my snazzy Invertego t-shirt!

    Dave

    PS - I did see the Superman movie and though I enjoyed it I do have some mixed feelings. I'll wait to see what everyone else has to say before commenting further. I don't want to accidently spoil some of the surprises for the other "fanboys" (and girls) out there!

     
  • At 8:50 AM, June 29, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    Hi Chris and all. This topic once again is a good one, I sorta had some of this in my last comments.
    Wow I carry around a lot of Kryptonite anybody want to buy some. hahahah
    Anyway this works with taking your personal inventory. When I found my self lugging around some heavy load of crap in my life, I take an inventory. I ask myself is it true? If so can I fix it? if it not true then get rid of it and move on. The first step is being able to recognise that what your obsessing over is indeed baggage, the next step is to own it. Is it true what your obsessing over?
    Then the nest thing to do is to fix it if possible,or change it. If not then chalk it up to a life lesson . I try to find the positive in the negative. usually there is a reason for the negative and you can learn something from it, as you said Dave it has caused you to try harder. I was bullied in school since you mention something you carry around from school for a long time I thought I was what the nasty kids said about me. Well It has made me a more compassionate and carring person, I try to lift up others when there down even though my own spirit may need a lift. So, that is a positive I made from a negative. I am a sensative person, and it can be a pain at times so I am constantly trying to rid my self of the baggage thats keeping me from moving on and being happy.
    It sounds a lot like you Patrick in looking at lifes challenges as oppertunities for improvement.
    And Tim its great that the only Kryptonite that you carry is Brussel sprouts, haha I love them its probably one of the veggies most people hate. I wish I could say it was just a vegetable that I carry around. Its great if you can do the water off a ducks back thing, I am getting much better at recognizing it, and letting it go. Thanks again Chris you are Superman and a bit of George of the Jungle to me. You are showing us all things are possible if we work at it. Its those that dont work on it that I feel sadness for the ones that jump off a bridge or something like it. So dont give up! Love to all Tom

     
  • At 7:32 PM, June 29, 2006 , Anonymous MBP said...

    Great comments everyone! I love it that Chris prods us to look for the hero within each of us, and to move beyond our setbacks...making lemonade out of life's lemons and turning our obstacles into stepping stones.

    I think we have our own superman here...pushing us toward all things possible!

    I get so much inspiration from everyone's stories on this website, each time I check in. This forum glows with so much energy...hope it keeps on growing! MBP

     
  • At 7:45 PM, June 29, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Speaking of Kryptonite - and since we are making the comparision - is everyone aware that in the comics there was/is more than one type of "K?"

    Green is the most well known, of course, but there is also red-K which has an unpredictable effect (though currently on tv and movies it brings out the "bad" side of Superman's personality), Gold-K which removes all Supe's powers, Jewel-K (which turned out to be fake if I recall correctly), Black-K which kills plant life, and Blue-K which only effects bizzaros. There was also an X-kryptonite I think that gave Streaky (Supergirl's cat - don't ask) super powers.

    Anyway, I was thinking that in terms of baggage there are things that we carry around that may not weaken or kill us outright - but like Gold-K removes our powers. Fear I think is like Gold-K. How often has any of us not started something because we were afraid of either failure or sometimes even success.

    Seems that we need to remove fear from our lives, too in order to make "all things possible!"

    Dave

     
  • At 3:52 PM, June 30, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all! I learnt that failures, defeats, tough times, problems, are all opportunities for improvement, for being stronger and getting better. I think for putting down the kryptonite are necessary: no fears and trust in Universe, sense of humour, irony, insight and sensitivity, self-esteem and self-confidence without ego and with humility, awereness of own limits, weaknesses and strenghts.

    Superman is simply a comic book superhero and it's not real but we are lucky to know a special man who helps us to think and make all things possible; he's SuperCHRIS, my-our great superhero and he's so wonderfully real!

    Have a great weekend to all!

    Alex in Italy

     
  • At 4:03 PM, June 30, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Tom
    I like the way that you process life and identify that which is not worthy of your energies. That is exactly how I try to approach things and why I can quicky say that brussel sprouts are my kryptonite. I refuse to waste time and energy on things that I can not change or things that are petty and ridiculous. This is how it is that brussel sprouts can be a "big thing". I know it sounds like I go through life in a permanent ray of sun which is not the case, but the quicker I get rid of what ever it is, the better off I will be. Inner peace, self esteem and positive mental attitude can't come through if being held back by negativity, self doubt and worry.

    Dave
    I never knew all the kryptonite info nor was I aware of a Supergirl and her cat. My knowledge of comics is pretty limited. You learn something from this web site all the time.

    Patrick
    The Chicagoland area is not that bad as long as you like congestion, fickle weather and crappy sports teams (Sox are ok). There are only two seasons, winter and construction but that is the same all over even in the boondocks where I live.

    Hope everyone has a fantastic 4th. Be careful and safe if watching fireworks. A few years back I took a hot ash in the eye which burned my contact lense. The lense is what kept me from having a more severe injury. Goggles!


    Tim

     
  • At 7:38 AM, July 01, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Hello everyone..

    Good topic Chris.. and your timing is right as always.. even though i feel pretty good about so many things in my life and most importantly i do trust in the Universe more than ever, recently, i have realized that i do carry some kryptonite more on the deeper level which comes out as an unexpected pain and/or fear when anything happens related to those topics to remind me the past.. and i had been thinking in these days what can i do to get rid of them asap... theoritically and in my mind i am over those things but it seems like my soul isn't.. i have faith in the universe and life itself that i will get over them at some point.. until then i will be trying to be careful that they will not damage anything of the present..Looking at it from another point of view which is more relaxing that as Tim said I, too, refuse to waste time and energy on things that I can not change . So, if my soul has the feel the pain for a while longer so be it.. i probably still have more things to learn from it..yet time is on my side.. Thanks a lot..each time i write here since i think hard and try to be honest with myself it helps..i think it is also important not to collect any burden and deal with them as soon as we can..like you said Tom, i am sensitive too which does require constant effort to get rid of the things in the back pack for the present day as well..i try not collect not to create a bigger burden..

    Dave, i like your way of explaining the effect of fear with Ks. And thanks for he info about them. Good to know when i watch the Smallville. I am not really a superman fan but i like that Tv series since i like the guy who plays the Superman.

    There is a lot of things i agree with these enlightening posts from everyone that hard to point each one. Obviously agree with ChrÄ°s being our Superman/hero and indeed, as you said Alex, he is REAL. What can be more hopeful and inspirational than that!!!

    Chris, what is so great about you is that being yourself a super beautiful person, you manage to bring out the best and most in us. Your manage us to believe in ourselves, in each other, in life more. You show us the beauty and stregth of caring for others from the heart. And you touch to other lives with a great support and effectiveness in a deep level than any hollywood superhero can do through a movie screen.

    Love to all,

     
  • At 12:15 PM, July 01, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Thought I'd better join in here, first of all to wish everyone a beautiful holiday week if you're celebrating July 4th events, and second to add my voice to the chorus for Chris.

    As Lara wrote, you do bring out the best in us. It's difficult to put into words how we all feel about you and what you're working to accomplish. So far, I think everyone who's posted has said it far better than I can.

    It's neat to have a web forum family that's interactive like this one, too. Every time I log on, I'm uplifted by everyone's stories. I guess you could call us your cheering gallery, Chris. Wherever your career leads you, we're all in your corner, even if we come from all different corners of the globe.

    We can't wait to hear about your next adventures and where they're taking you. The sky's the limit...guess that means "all things possible"! Sue

     
  • At 9:19 AM, July 02, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    I'm always so delighted to read such great thoughts and comments you all posted here! I love this web forum family because you're all so nice, sensitive, aware, honest, very good people! I'm very happy to be part of this wonderful family.

    Have a great holiday week and celebration of July 4th in US!

    Alex in Italy

     
  • At 11:10 AM, July 03, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi everyone,

    another great topic and great responses from you guys. I am always impressed and inspired when I come here and read all your thoughts.

    Interesting how many different types of Kryptonite there are, but in a way a reflection of the many different ways we can be affected by things and not do what we would like to do.

    I am not aware of any kryptonite that I am carrying around. But maybe I just haven't recognised it yet. Fear can be paralizing, but it can also be helpful also as to prevent a rushed decision that would ultimately prove to be wrong. So, I think it's the way we handle that fear and what we learn from situations that made us feel fear that decide if it really is kryptonite or not. We all have insecurities and doubts - even the superheroes - this is a fact of life. And, thinking about it, if we all were perfect, what would there be left to strive for.

    I agree with Tom that it is important to take stock every once in a while and decide what is really important or what to let go. Though, as you say, letting go is harder than recognising it. It takes time, often longer than we would like. But even that often holds an experience that we might benefit from eventually or others can benefit from our experience if we share it. Looking on the bright site of things and not fretting over petty or ultimately unimportant things certainly makes my life a lot easier.

    I hope you will let me know how the new Superman movie is, as we have to wait a while longer for it to hit the movie theatres here.

    Meanwhile, I found out that Chris's movie "Sea of Fear" will be out on DVD in the US and Canada on August 22. It's available for pre-ordering at amazon.com. So I will at least be able to see "our real-life Superman" soon, together with "my" Kieren, so the pleasure will be double. :)

    All the best to you all and have a great Independance Day in the US!

    Ute

     
  • At 6:35 AM, July 04, 2006 , Blogger Tom said...

    HI everyone, Happy Independance day to my fellow USA ers and happy tuesday for the rest. I went to see the new Superman movie last night and I really liked it. Brendon Routh did a good job although there wasn't a lot of dialogue for him. He does look a lot like a young Christopher Reeve and he is very cute, expecially as Clark Kent I think he watched Chris Reeves to get some of his facial expressions as a tribute perhaps. It was great seeing Noel Neil who was one of the Lois Lanes in the TV series the other Lois was Phyllis Coates Whom I think has passed on. and also I think its Richard, Larson who played jimmy olson in the TV series with George Reeves. Kevin Spacey makes a great Lex Luthor. If there are any fans of Smallville out there they touch upon a few of the other forms of Kryptonite, that had various influences on Kal el.
    I also saw the da Vinci Code which I also liked it followed the book pretty well, but I thought that Tom Hanks was miscast in the part. He acts well but didnt fit my idea of who the character was in the book.
    Well Im not much of a critic I like most movies and I go to be entertained not to pick them a part. I cannot do a better job at it so I am in no position to critisize someones interpretation.
    anyway thank you all for your helpful comments on this great web sight, and to our super Hero Chris all Things Are Truly Possible with bright young men like him. Love and peace to all. Tommy

     
  • At 1:22 PM, July 05, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    WAIT A MINUTE HERE!

    To audition for a part and not get it is not failure!

    To get a part and blow it is failure.

    Our Chris has never failed.

    Thank you.

     
  • At 3:10 PM, July 05, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Y'all!!

    Wonderful comments. Dave - I really liked your Kryptonite alalogy!! Yes, Fear is indeed a poison that strips us of our powers!! Don't worry - fear can't penetrate your new Invertego T-Shirt!

    Tim - I know what you mean about Brussel Sprouts - but I'm with Tom - I love em. I'm not so sure they love me though!

    I agree with MPB that I'm continually renewed and inspired with you guys here in the forum. I loved Alex's SuperChris comment. One halloween, I actually dressed up in Blue Tights and Soap-on-a-Rope around my neck and went as my own superhero - SHOWERMAN!

    Thanks Lara and Sue for your lovely comments. Congratulations Lara on starting your SCRIPT!!! Please keep us posted on your progress!

    Ute, you definitely are an online superhero. Thanks so much for being the FIRST to let me know about Sea Of Fear releasing on Aug. 22. I didn't even know that and I was in it!!!

    Like Tom, I also saw Superman over the weekend and I totally agree that Mr. Routh did a fantastic job as Clark Kent. I didn't always agree with the direction or writing, but I thought the performances were great. My favorite part of the movie (without giving anything away) was that at the very end, it was dedicated to Christopher and Dana Reeve. Wow, now that's elegant!

    All Things Possible!
    Chris

     
  • At 4:40 PM, July 05, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Thanks so much Chris for your nice and great responses as always, and thanks Ute for the info about "Sea of Fear" on DVD; obviuosly i'll buy it immediately, like i did with all Chris's performances on DVD, naturally because i love them all!

    Let me tell you simply other two things: i love you all and WOW! What a Fabulous Godlike Being you're SuperCHRIS!

    All the Best to all!

    Alex in Italy

     

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