I Am A Superhero! No, Really!

I am a powerful person. How so, you ask? I have the ability to change the way people feel.

source: en.wikipedia.org
source: en.wikipedia.org

Let me explain.

Yesterday, I stopped to fill up the car before heading home. Soon afterward, a man came outside and began emptying the trash cans at the gas pumps. He didn’t seem to be in a good mood. But, being the good Southerner I am, I said hello to him and asked how his day was going.

The man acted surprised, but answered politely in the way us Southerners do.

Of course, I didn’t let up. No way! I kept on talking to him about the weather.

Guess what happened next? That man’s body language went from tense and closed up to relaxed and content, all in a matter of one minute.

And all I had to do was start by saying hello.

See? I told you I was powerful!

But with power, comes responsibility. It’s my responsibility to share my gift with at least one person every day. And, who knows, maybe if I share my power with someone, they will realize that they, too, have the power, and will then share it with someone. And on and on it goes.

What about you? Do YOU have the power?

Well, perhaps you do. But you won’t know for sure until you try it out.

Give it a shot, and report back here with your findings.


40 thoughts on “I Am A Superhero! No, Really!

  1. What a lovely idea! I think we all crave connection and acknowledgement, two things that are lacking more and more in this impersonal world. Good for you for going out of your way to be friendly to that guy. We should all try harder to connect with those around us. We’re all in this together after all!

  2. Well done 🙂 I had the power today..was having a blood test the woman said she wanted a dog..she missed having one and was on her own..she works full time and was thinking Kelpie………………so after a chat about working dogs and the needs they have..she started to think perhaps this was not a good idea..i mentioned retired greyhounds as gentle family dogs also not as high maintenance as one might think…I suggested she go to the shelter …explain her lifestyle as honestly as possible..told her they may not have ‘the’ one..but would be sure to let her know if one that suited came in…she thanked me and said to ring her if I heard of a doggie suitable needing a home..the change being a working woman will now not get a dog that needs what she can’t offer and end up being recycled through the system 🙂 one down…….hugs Fozziemum

  3. And what a wonderful way it makes you/us feel when we do that! I always understood that was the true meaning of love and compassion, to create that wonderful feeling between two people no matter the circumstances.

    But now that we all have Smartphones the opportunities are less frequent to work the magic.

  4. That’s a great post. It’s so true … I don’t have to let others’ moods affect mine, and I can affect change by extending some kindness. Thank you for the reminder! 🙂

    1. Funny you should mention her. She’s been on my mind pretty powerful these past few days. It’s difficult to believe she’s been gone 5 months. I still miss her.

  5. That’s such a great idea! I’m currently looking into training to be a therapy dog and feel the same way. As dogs we have so much power to heal and help. It’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

  6. Love this. Had a nice experience the other day. Went in to buy a pair of shoes at the outlet mall. I asked the really nice sales lady if she got the commission. “No,” she said. And she’s most likely getting minimum wage, a working single mom, etc. Soooooo, I got her name and info and went on line to the shoe company (Clarks) and made a point to give her a special ack. I got an e-mail back that it went into her personnel file and that her boss would mention this to her. In the process of her taking care of me I told her she was one of the nicest sales people I’ve ever dealt with and I meant it. She looked and looked and looked and was so helpful to get me the shoes that would help my arthritic problem. I was most grateful. Her body language showed she felt appreciated. I hope she gets that ack and remembers the difference she made in my day-with her POWER!

  7. We run into this all the time with my family. We were raised to greet people, open doors, say “please, thank-you and yes ma’am”. When I returned to the Midwest after living in the mountains for 11 years, I was amazed at the people who were shocked when I used my “manners”. We have raised my brother’s kids to be the same way. I hear constant compliments from people about what “kind” and “polite” or “caring” people my family are. We have all just practiced what my parents taught us. “Be the person that you would like to meet.” It’s a little like “do unto others” I guess. I like being happy and I want to share that feeling. A smile can warm a person’s day and it is so little to give.

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