It’s not just the constantly 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 continual 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 even 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 unlikely. 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 rare chromosome anomaly, which at one time looked like it would make it impossible for him to ever walk or talk. 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 unique 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 even collecting unwanted halloween pumpkins so they could be turned into soup and pies for the needy.
This, sebbie declared, was his superpower: kindness. What’s your superpower? i know what mine is: appreciation. Once i stumbled into the enormous power of appreciation and realized i could appreciate something, somewhere, at any time and any place, regardless of what was going on in my life, i had it.
Appreciation is most definitely my superpower. Nope, i can’t leap over tall buildings with it, but i can appreciate tall buildings and those who do leap. Turning to appreciation no matter what has been my saving grace, and appreciating others purposefully has brought many a smile to many a face.