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You Make Me Want To Be a Superhero!!!

Updated on July 22, 2012

We've Had Enough!

You Can't Break Me!

I could cry about you! But I'm not going to give you the satisfaction! I choose to be a Superhero, dammit!

I did cry buckets for the victims you left behind. I was shaken to my core that my own child could have been in that theater! We live so close - a few simple variations in plans could have left me without a daughter, or her without the love of her life.

You aren't a star, Mr. Murderer. You aren't the Joker. He was a fictional character created by the genius of Bob Kane. You don't deserve notoriety. I'm not even gonna say your name. So there! I'm gonna make you disappear! What you did on July 20, 2012 at The Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado will not be forgotten, but you will. We can learn from what you chose to do. Those who survived and are still breathing down here on Planet Earth can still make a difference. You didn't break us!!!

You didn't break your victims either! They are stronger spirits than EVER! They continue to inspire us to make the mentality that could do such unspeakable violence - POOF - disappear from our world!

I don't have bullet-proof bracelets or an invisible airplane, but I do have something even stronger! We all do - those who fight for freedom, justice and the American way know that it's more than just the American way, it's the way of a loving WORLD!


LOVE wins!

"You Lose! Good Day Sir!" ~William Wonka

Mr. Gunman, Mr. Wanna-be-famous. You cannot break our spirits!!!

Love is so much more powerful than we know. It doesn't always stop bullets. Sometimes it does. Matt McQuinn saved his girlfriend's life, and lost his own on July 20th. He IS a SUPERHERO.

I'm not going to let him be forgotten. His is the face of this tragedy - not yours - Mr.Gunman!

Matt McQuinn, 27, along with 11 other brave souls, are gone from this earth too soon because of the actions of insanity. But insanity must NOT be the victor.

Among the names of the victims are: Jessica Ghawi, 24, Alex Sullivan, 27, Micayla Medek, 23, John Larimer, 27 and the youngest victim, Veronica, just six years old. These are the names we should remember. These are the names of those who are already Superheros. Their spirits shine down and compel us to be better people, treasure every moment this life gives us, and LOVE each other while we are here.

Ashley Moser, 25, is still fighting for her life. She was among the severely wounded. She is in critical condition - not strong enough to be told that her 6-year-old daughter Veronica was killed by the gunman.

I was crying yesterday. I'm sure I'll cry again about this. But I am also MAD AS HELL and hearing the John Williams' Superman Movie theme song in my head!

Our Greatest "Weapon" is Invisible

Be a Force of LOVE

Get your LOVE on! Be the greatest Superhero this galaxy has ever known! How do you do it? With love.

Shine so brightly that you extinguish the darkness. It's so much simpler than leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Smile at someone who is being grumpy to you. Be kind when you feel like being grumpy. Little efforts can make BIG differences.

The darkness visited upon us on July 20, 2012 is unfathomable. What does it take to get a mind to the point of zero conscience? I don't know. I can only insure that mine never reaches that dark, hopeless chasm of chaos. LOVE is the answer. Forgiveness. Right, but that's a bit tough to focus on at the moment. I know I need to forgive. I wish Mr. Gunman would have gotten a lot of psychological help to have headed off his deranged actions.

Can we learn something there? Possibly. I don't believe that people are "born evil." However, there very well may be neurological reasons for such extreme deviant behavior.

I do believe that people need to be more in-tuned with how others around them are thinking and feeling. Could loving friends or family members have helped before it got this far? Maybe. Unfortunately, this kind of psychotic explosion is sometimes masked so insidiously well, that no one sees it coming. But there may have been signs that needed heeding. We can't go back. We can make resolutions for the future!

As a society we can attest to the fact that most people we meet while going about our daily lives in the world, have more of an air of indifference than compassion, at least on the surface.

That needs to change if we are to change the world into a "Haven of Joy."

This Part is Easy - Try It!

We Can Make the World a Better Place!

You are important. You are special. We can't do it without you! You are the Superhero that the world has been waiting for! Feel the feeling of a smile. There is cosmic energy in it.

I promise, if you start it - it's going to grow. When you smile at me - I'll smile right back atcha!!!

Oh! Right there...that's it...I see you!

You Used to Do This Very Well!

What Children Can Teach Us!
What Children Can Teach Us!

LOVE wants YOU!

I'm Starting With the Superhero in the Mirror!
I'm Starting With the Superhero in the Mirror!

What The World Needs NOW is YOU!

Thank you for smiling. Thank you for opening a door for someone with their hands full.

Thank you for patiently waiting (without yelling) for a mommy with a stroller to cross the street safely, even if you are in a big hurry to drive to your important meeting!

Thank you for telling a parent who you saw hit their child in public - "That's NOT Okay!"

Thank you for being patient with a waitress who got your order wrong. You don't know what kind of a day she's been having that led to her accidental carelessness.

Thank you for ALL you do for LOVE!

The Power of Good

We Can Do This

I'm not asking for big heroic deeds, though I am grateful when those do come forth.

What I'm talking about is the everyday hero we all have inside of us - just waiting beneath our mild-mannered exteriors. THE POWER OF LOVE is even Kryptonite-proof.

I believe that "thoughts become things." Collectively we have a lot of power to create. We have a lot of choices here. What do you want to create? Do it.

Yes. I feel like going to my Batcave and sobbing over the violence in the world.

Yet I plan to emerge victorious - ready to defend Gotham City - and the world of our fantastical imaginations once again!!!

I choose to get stronger. I choose to be more loving. I choose to be a force to distinguish evil in this world.

Are you with me?


Many thanks to my technical adviser, Francisco Solis (the love of my daughter's life and...wait for it...) - an expert in the field of "All-Things-Superhero!"

A big Thank-You Hug to my son Chandler Burkes, for confirming that John Williams was the composer of the original (Christopher Reeve) Superman movie music!

You Are a Superhero to Me!

The Force Has a Lot of Power!
The Force Has a Lot of Power!

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      Mimi O 5 years ago from California

      Heaven ~ Thank you for writing what so many of us are feeling but don't know how to put into words. I will be holding the families and friends who lost loved ones in my heart and prayers. They will always be remembered, and you are so right, the evil doer will soon be forgotten. I hate that his face and name are being shown constantly on news broadcasts and in newspapers. People don't need to see him, we need to see and remember the people who's lives he took. That is the media, intentionally giving him the attention he seeks, rewarding him with notoriety. I believe this perpetuates these horrific types of acts, over and over. Somehow, we need to stop the media from glorifying murderers and using their power to make the world a better place.

      Thank GOD Jasmine and Francisco chose to go to a different theater!

      Much love to you my dear friend, and your lovely family xoxoxo ~ Mimi O'Garren

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I used to get very upset at people who didn't do anything. I can't recall what lead to the "light going on", but I suddenly came into contact with other volunteers. None of these were at my level. Yet, they freely gave of themselves to help others.We are sorrowed by humans that don't and do care.

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you, my dear friend Mimi. Love HAS to win. I won't accept any other outcome - Love Survives! xoxoxox Thank you for your compassion and prayers - and for making the world a better place by being YOU!

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you so much Mhatter. It's a constant process - learning how to survive and thrive down here on this planet. I appreciate your honesty and generosity to others.

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      Chris Mills 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      heavenleigh, thanks for helping us mine something useful from this tradedy. It is a very effective challenge.

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      Heaven L Burkes 5 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Chris, Thanks so much for reading - and thank you for all you do for LOVE! :)

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      snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      the baby is so cute. :) Heaven, thanks for writing this honest feeling. love works in a a mysterious way.

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for your beautiful comment, dear Snowdrops. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Heaven, awesome job on this! Hard work well done! Such a sad situation, but an inspirational article you have created. I could tell your heart was in this one:) Loved it. Voted up, useful, and awesome!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      TheLyricWriter, thank you so much! Yes, very emotional with this one.

      I commend People magazine for not putting the name or picture of the one responsible on their cover, but rather taking Governor Hickenlooper's lead with the "We Will Remember" mantra. The loving and wonderful people that had their lives cut short should be our focus.

      I appreciate your comments very much. ~h~

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Touche, Heaven! After reading your first hub about this atrocity, I'm glad to see you get pissed off about the reaction his actions caused. He triumphed with that. That's what he wanted. But we're fighting back. I hope you read my comment to your initial hub. Now I don't feel so cold in my response; you'll understand from where it came.

      I think it cosmic that your first header is "You Can't Break Me". I posted a poem on HP, a while back, entitled just that. But it was written as the result of someone of whom I considered a friend, chastizing me for wanting to write instead of getting drunk! Perhaps it's along the same lines, just not (fortunately!) as extreme!

      I'm glad you're pissed. I'm even more glad that your won't relent to this and all else that is trying to bring down the good people on this earth!

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      Heaven L Burkes 4 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Wow! Well said BraveWarrior! I'm with YOU!

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