Love Is A Superpower
Admit it, as some point in your life, you wanted to have super powers. Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Super Man, Batman or Robin, Spiderman? What super power did you want to have? What Super Hero do you want to be?
One of my favorite stories of my children is when my middle son Seth was around 5 years old. We were having a costume party and he wanted to be Superman. It wasn’t around Halloween, so I made the costume myself. I made a cape and the Superman S was made out of felt and was on the cape, and on the leotard on his chest. I found these wonderful red knee socks that were fuzzy and looked a lot like boots. The costume was perfect and when he put it on the night before the party he was so excited.
He climbed up on the back of our couch, leaped into the air, and came crashing down to the floor. He was so mad. He thought that if he had the costume he would be able to fly. It took all of my ingenuity to talk him into wearing the costume for his party, because if he couldn’t fly he didn’t want to attend his own party. I am so thankful that he chose the couch and not a high tree to jump out of – lol.
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
– Leonardo da Vinci
I think that a great super power is this very thing, going out and making things happen. As women we handle many roles. We are a mother (giving life, nurturing and believing in our children), a daughter (giving love, respect and gratitude to our parents), a wife (life sustaining devotion, inner beauty, and immense power) a sister (who will fight for you and always love you no matter what). And many of us become care givers for our elderly parents. All immensely challenging roles.
You laugh, cry and work harder than you ever thought you could. Some days you’re trying to change the world and some days it’s just diapers. Some days you love your life, and some days you wonder if you can just take one more step. Some days like Old Mother Hubbard there is nothing in the cupboard and your wallet is empty. But your heart is full and you have faith. So you make it through to the next day and the next day after that. Your heart is full, sometimes of laughter and sometimes of tears. You have memories of your family as you grew up, and memories of raising your own. You may not think it, but you’ve changed the world just by being in it. On those days when one more step seems too long, remember you are a super hero.
We are strong, smart and crafty in creating a “home” and a “refuge” in the middle of a chaotic world. We can open and close car doors, front doors, and refrigerator doors, while holding onto both children, bags of groceries, purses and a diaper bag. We bring a new definition to multitasking as one of our super powers.
Each of us is a wonder. We are unique, in an unrepeatable way. The real you, is unique and the only one of you that will ever be on this earth. Never before and never again, will there be someone just like you. It such an amazing thing to let sink in. You didn’t just happen to be here now. You are here for a reason, a purpose. A purpose that can only be accomplished, if you let the real you be up front and center. Your super power is so needed in our world.
We all have angels guiding us . . . , they look after us. They heal us, touch us, comfort us with invisible warm hands . . . , what will bring their help? Asking. Giving, Thanks.
– Sophy Burnha
We are all given the opportunity to be one of those angels among us. Super Heroes are ordinary people who have extraordinary hearts. If you have the power to make someone happy, that is a super power that the world needs more of.
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
A kind word to a stranger. Calling a friend when they cross your mind and not putting it off until later (when you forget). Everyone walking today encounters a dark road at times in their life. When they get lost in the woods and are looking for the breadcrumbs to find their way back home. What we all need at that time is someone who is lighting the way with just a single ray of hope. Be that ray of hope. It just takes a smile, a listening ear, to take the time to acknowledge that you have been in that dark place too. That is why we give, because we have all known what it feels like to be lonely, depressed, to have nothing.
I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
– Christopher Reeves
Christopher Reeves not only played a hero in the movies, he was a hero in real life. When life’s lemons took away his ability to walk, he did not give up, feel sorry for himself. I am sure he felt like it at times, but he remained steadfast in speaking out for all of us about what really being a hero was all about. He knew that it wasn’t important how others saw him, what was important was how he saw himself. Because of that he continued to make a difference.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
– Jane Goodall
We all have the super power to make a difference. Most of the time we won’t even know what kind of difference we have made. But if you were to line up 50 adults and go down the line, every single one of them would have more than one person that had made a difference in their life. A special teacher, an Aunt or Uncle, a best friend, a stranger on the street who simply smiled at them when they needed one the most. Probably most of the stories they would tell would surprise you. You probably didn’t realize that what you said or did had an impact.
You want to make a difference in the world? It starts with how you walk into a room. Instead of saying, “Here I am” begin with “There you are”.
You might not know it, but you have made a difference to someone. It may not be huge, but it matters just the same. The really cool thing is that your influence never needs to stop. We can affect eternity with our super powers of love. Love can heal us. Love can help us to grow into who we came here to be. Love can grant us forgiveness for ourselves and others. Love can help us to move on when it is time to let go. Love moves us forward when it is time to return to the journey of discovering just how great we really are. And love can inspire us to be even more than we ever dreamed.