If you’ve ever read a comic book or watched a cartoon, you know that the protagonist, or the hero, is always one that has some type of power. A super strength, an ability to see through brick walls, incredible speed…or whatever. In every situation, they used a unique gift, to make a difference in the world that they lived in. The same thing is relevant for you and me. Our unique gifts and talents make us each figurative superheroes, in our own right.
I was driving up the highway the other day & passed the Knowles-Rowland Center For Youth, a youth/community center built for St. John’s United Methodist Church and sponsored by Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and family. The Knowles & Rowland families are no strangers to philanthropy, and are probably some of the best examples of international superstars who truly know the importance of their influence, and have remained humble while the world grew to know their names. When I think about them as examples, I begin to wonder exactly how I’m using my “super gift” to help others.
The truth of the matter is, you don’t have to be famous to use your power or or your influence to improve the lives of those around you. You just have to make a conscious decision that you indeed want to use your power for good instead of evil. You never know how what you say can change the mindset of someone around you, positively or negatively. Words are powerful tools that you can not take back, no matter how many times you apologize. Once it’s in the air, there is no eraser, so it’s better if you just choose them wisely. I always say, if you have a platform, no matter how small or big it may be, you MUST be cautious about what you present to those who listen to you. It would be easy to just say or do whatever pops into your head at the moment, but it takes strength and courage to truly care enough about someone else to do the right thing. Whether it’s a position in your school’s student government, a management position at your place of employment, or even just your followers on Twitter, you are responsible for the things you share with the world.
If everyone really used their gifts for positivity, we’d have a different society. Children are watching us, and taking cues from us…so if we cared about the future of the world, we’d all want to put our best foot forward. It all boils down to being not only self involved, but aware of the things that go on in our communities, our country and our world. I think Marian Wright-Edelman said it best when she said:
“Service is the rent you pay for living.”
This weekend, sit down and figure out what your unique gift is, and make a plan to leverage it for good. Share it with me in the comment section. If you can do that, then I think we’ll all be better off…as super heroes in our own world.
- Pop Superstar and Music Icon Beyoncé Joins Phoenix House For the Opening of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House Career Academy (eon.businesswire.com)