I was standing in line at a coffee house today when two police officers stepped up behind me. They were both in tip-top shape, having a conversation about someone’s life that they had just saved. I noticed the utility belts they were wearing and it hit me: wow, these guys are like superheroes—actual superheroes!
This brought back the memory of admiration I felt as a boy each time a fire engine would drive by. Those guys riding by with sirens screaming seemed like superheros too. I wanted to be one—as did most of my friends. Perhaps we had all felt this way because each time we saw those firefighters leading superhero lives, it temporarily awakened the superhero gene in each of us.
Of course, in hearing about our ambitions, most of the adults around us were quick to smile and tell us how cute we were. This quickly deactivated the superhero gene.
What if every one of us has a superhero gene? What if you can awaken it for any type of work you do or interactions you have? What if you can be a superhero dad or mom? Some are, and everyone around them knows it. What if you can be a superhero lover, or a superhero friend? What if you can be a superhero teacher with the ability to inspire, or a superhero cashier with the ability to smile at your customers and remind them that they are important—even during the most mundane activities?
I think it’s time that I reawaken my superhero gene. It’s time to get back into tip-top shape for the work that I do, and to get clearer about my value to the people that I serve. How might living with this in mind improve the quality of my life and the people I care about and serve?
Are there any other potential superheroes out there reading this? Can you think of any actions you might take to further develop your powers? What do you say we join forces and work to spark that gene in those people who share our lives? Maybe then we might find ourselves living in a super world.
In the words of musician Roger Waters, “each small candle lights a corner of the dark.” Let’s get some more light out there…