My last post was a call to awaken your inner hero – the self that is aching to be expressed: your deepest passions, your greatest dreams and your hidden talents.
The analogy I used was The Incredibles, but you and I don’t need to don bright red costumes, masks or capes. We don’t need to be recognized in the news as saviours of the world.
Where you and I can make the biggest difference is in our own homes, in our own neighbourhoods, in our schools and workplaces. We can be the heroes to the people we touch each day. We can make a positive difference to our children, our parents, our friends, classmates, coworkers and neighbours.
As a father or a mother, grandparent, aunt or uncle, you can use the incredible power of your unconditional love to create a nurturing, supportive home for your children. As a friend, neighbour, brother or sister, you can be present and connected, reminding others that they are not alone in good times and in bad.
As spouses and partners, we can strive for fairness in an unfair world, protect each others’ Achilles’ heels and reaffirm you are both a part of a Dynamic Duo.
We are stronger together than apart.
In the movie, The Incredibles, the villain asserts that if everyone is super then no one is.
After we saw Superman: The Movie for the first time, my friend, Stan said, “Imagine if you could fly but you lived your whole life and didn’t realize you could.”
I believe we each have “superpowers” – our own unique strengths and potentials. If only we could each recognize the powers we have and use them in the service of the people we can touch today, and let them know that we think they’re super, too.
What an incredible world it would be!
Your happiness exercise: Recognize the hero within you as you express it in the daily acts of kindness, love and devotion in your home and in your world. Recognize the heroism of others in your life; let them know you think they’re super.