How to be a Real Life Action Hero

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Published January 28, 2013 by FoxNewsAF1.jpgAbel’s Field, LLC

For more than 20 years I’ve played characters able to solve problems through physical strength, crushing and swinging right through to that Hollywood happy ending. And as a rule, all that plays out much better on screen.

Back in the day, in the ‘70s when I was growing up, national problems tended to stay in national headlines. The violence on TV mostly stayed on TV, and I hate how that’s changed. Now no kid can avoid the effects of gangs, gun violence, drugs, pornography, bullying…And that’s the short list—give me five minutes to fill a page.

But I have something to say about a solution.

Recently, I played a role fairly unusual for me. No love interest, no superpower…in fact, in “Abel’s Field,” my character is flawed and sobered. In the movie, I’m Abel, a man whose past decisions and costly actions have left him sadder and wiser. Through a cinematic twist of fate, Abel is in Texas working with Seth, a young man facing troubles of his own and leaning toward answers Abel knows won’t work.

We humans are made for each other,

not to exploit strength but to pass it on.

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Slowly a bond forges, and laying a football field sprinkler system, Abel begins to mentor Seth. Even in his brokenness, maybe because of it, an older man helps a young man facing a tough decision.

My question is: Where are the Abels? In grade school our kids have cell phones, laptops, electronic games, name-brand clothes…And in high school most of them still have no sense of what matters. Or the basics of good judgment—which so many of us adults learned through bad judgment, which means it came with a price.

Boys Clubs and Big Brothers and Big Sisters do it “formally.”  Where are the informal guides? The sideline mentors?

Be one. The boy with the tongue ring? Speak with him.

Kids too distracted by home problems to handle homework? Sit down and show some patience.

Kids at loose ends for hours after school? See them for what they need. Help structure those hours to begin to repair their worlds and add to your own.

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Last July, the New York Times reported on a study of income and happiness. Researchers said that at a certain point, happiness comes not from more income but from sharing. Giving. Helping. Reaching. Lifting.

My character, Abel, never signed up to help a lost kid. He had his own problems. But here’s the secret. (You sitting down?) In life, in what may appear as sacrifice—in sharing yourself—you are enriched. That’s no cliche.

Formal research from Dr. Jean Rhodes shows that mentors enjoy a better self-image, improved sense of well being, more insight into their own youth experience and spiritual fulfillment. For starters.

I was “Abel” before Abel’s Field cast me, and I’m proud of both roles.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters will tell you that nine of 10 young people matched with a mentor will hold their ground in school performance, avoid risky behavior and gain social competence.

We humans are made for each other, not to exploit strength but to pass it on. Since 1997, I’ve been a spokesperson for A World Fit For Kids, a nonprofit that offers after-school programs—such as mentoring and sports and games—to keep children from gangs, drugs and dropping out. My parents were teachers, and I’m a parent. For me the need rings out.

On TV I played on my strength. Off the screen, I’ve learned to lift entire communities, lives and destinies, by being entirely human.

Be an Abel.

Award-winning actor Kevin Sorbo starred in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” among the most-watched TV shows in history. He earned the Grace Award—Most Inspiring Movie Acting for his role in “What If…,” and was featured in the hit film “Soul Surfer.” Most recently, Kevin played the title role in “Abel’s Field” which launched in-store and online DVD sales Jan. 22. For more information, visit AbelsField.com.

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11 responses to “How to be a Real Life Action Hero

  1. I care less about what people think and more about what God thinks. I get the impression that you feel the same way.
    I try to do at least one good thing for one person everyday. Sometimes it may just be an attempt to make someone smile. Perhaps it’s a reminder that God is always by our side. It doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. (Sorry for the pun.)
    Thanks for the work you do,
    Be blessed and be a blessing

  2. Thanks for this great article and for all your fantastic work!!!

  3. It´s amazing the way Kevin and Sam care about children! I could see that in Vegas in 2010, at Kevin´s golf event. I totally agree with Kevin, kids need to learn from us what is really important in life in order to be happy people. They need us to guide them and listen to them and to be there for them. Bless you, Kevin & Sam.

  4. Thank you Kevin.. great article and agree so much…our happiness and peace comes from sharing ourselves and getting alongside others, and our children need good mentoring..and that sometimes we also need someone to get alongside us.. thank you for all you do..for being Abel..and wonderful photos!…looking forward to seeing Abel’s Field!..

  5. I completely agree, Kevin, and it’s not just about mentoring kids (although that’s arguably the most fun)! It’s also about mentoring anyone else through something you yourself have already dealt with. I’m a lawyer… and I mentor clients, I mentor law students, I mentor lawyers just opening their own law firms…. That mentoring gives me more satisfaction than actually practicing law, although I DO love that!

  6. Great words Kevin. Since I have started mentoring a 9 year old girl named Betaneya, I have gained greater wisdom too. I hope so much that I am helping her in many ways, but sometimes I feel I have an even greater blessing for myself. I hope I can steer her in the right direction in life. And that as she gets older, she will pay it forward too. Your words are beautiful!

  7. Actor Kevin Sorbo will be talking about education with Adrian Paul on Peace Fund Radio at http:www.latalkradio.com Wed Feb 6 at 11 am.
    Please visit: http://thepeacefund.org

  8. Looking forward to seeing this. Where are the “Abel”s of this world? What happened to human compassion? A fearful world without it.

  9. Kevin, I remember years ago, when I was working in a grocery, in the veggie dept., and this co-worker told me how much it hurt that his mother worked when he was young. He got all choked up, because he knew that his mother CHOSE to work instead of stay home and raise him. I’ll never forget it. A kid knows.
    “Yeah, but some moms HAVE to work!”
    I, Kristen, was a single mom, and I babysat for years so as to avoid daycare. Married 6 yrs ago, this mo., and my husband adopted my son. Killed himself to make up for his past hurts. Now he’s a freshman and the HAPPIEST teen we’ve ever seen. It can be done. Prayer is imperative.

  10. Reblogged this on My Blog.

  11. Great article,Kevin! Loved Abel’s Field-you did a great job as Abel,and even though he didn’t say much,his actions spoke louder than his few words.

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