Letters To Tom — Heroes

Dear Tom:

You ask, “ What character traits do I admire?” My fictional hero would be unassuming; yet, when necessary, act, forcefully, but with compassion. Unassuming almost to a fault, my hero, never speaks about himself or his accomplishments. He never calls attention to himself believing that charisma and flash are side trips away from his journey. Whenever he is criticized he never responds with anger, but tries to find a point where he and his accuser agree. My hero is an example of divine power in action, without spotlight or publicity.

Is my hero too good to be true? I think not. I believe there is a part of my hero in all of us. This trait doesn’t need to be added or obtained. God is simply part of each and every one of us, and when we act like my hero, God is expressing himself through us.

Your Friend,

PS; I woke the sleeping giant see Suzy’s questions:

Which hero?? Can’t there be different heroes? And different images of heroes? Don’t they have
other attributes?? Wouldn’t your fictional hero change? Act differently from time to time?? Doesn’t one need a different
kind of hero in varying circumstances?? Aren’t you describing a particular book hero?? Are the character traits you admire
ones you would give to a fictional character or a saint or ones that you personally admire? And what’s wrong with charisma??

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

1 Comment +

  1. Webb,
    I loved this… and Suzy’s questions are great…. As to charisma, I tend to think of it as at least somewhat of an innate characteristic… the problem with charisma is when one becomes addicted to the implications of charisma… the ego loves to be worshipped, admired, etc. For one to have strong charisma AND deep humility….I think that is a most desirable combination of traits.


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