As we struggle to appear from these long months of pandemic, it can be challenging to find the strength to keep going. It’s not just the regularly shifting COVID protocols, there’s our work situations, our finances, our living conditions, which for many of us keep changing and morphing. Sometimes into non-existence. And there are the constant stresses of our family life, as kids do (or don’t) make it to school, whether online or in person, and it’s hard to have any kind of stable routine, whether you have 5 children, none, or are single.
Factor in the climate crises – hot/cold/fires/hurricanes/floods – and the political/social chaos pretty much everywhere in the world, and it’s enough to make already the strongest among us want to crawl down to the bottom of the bed under the covers and stay there until it’s all over. Which is, at this rate, highly doubtful…
So pull out your Superpower. Yeah, right, uh-huh. As if leaping tall buildings in a single bound or throwing a punch of white light could do anything for you. Ah, but that’s not what a Superpower is necessarily. A Superpower can be – well, let me give you an example by way of explanation.
Sebbie Hall, 17, has a scarce chromosome anomaly, which at one time looked like it would make it impossible for him to ever walk or talk. Despite Sebbie’s learning difficulties, among which is a difficulty in finding words, he’s a normal English teen in many ways. Disappointed that his good friend couldn’t communicate with him as the pandemic started, Sebbie wanted to give his friend his own iPad. Sebbie’s Mom had a better idea: why not raise money so his friend, and others like him, could get what they needed during these rough times.
But how? Sebbie’s not a celebrity, doesn’t have a rare musical or another such talent, and is differently-abled – which often makes approaching others dicey. But then Sebbie thought “I can be kind,” and to date, has performed over 1,600 acts of kindness, from walking neighbors’ pets to washing cars, handing out PPE, giving coats to the homeless, and already collecting unwanted Halloween pumpkins so they could be turned into soup and pies for the needy. This, Sebbie declared, was his Superpower: kindness. With it, Sebbie has raised via Crowdfunding approximately $39,000 with which to help others in need.
What’s your Superpower? I know what mine is: appreciation. Once I stumbled into the enormous strength of appreciation and realized I could appreciate something, somewhere, at any time and any place, in spite of of what was going on in my life, I had it. Appreciation is most definitely my Superpower. Nope, I can’t jump over tall buildings with it, but I can appreciate tall buildings and those who do jump. Turning to appreciation no matter what has been my saving grace, and appreciating others deliberately has brought many a smile to many a confront.
How about you? What Superpower might you claim as your own? You may surprise yourself with what comes up for you, and then with just how wonderful claiming – and using – your Superpower can be.