What is Your Superpower?
I’m used to having superpower discussions with my sons, but I was surprised when my 13-year-old daughter, Ashley, asked, “Dad, what superpower do you wish you had?” I wasn’t sure what my power would be or how I would answer her question. I’ve answered it countless times for my sons. I always answered with the most popular ones, like super speed, flying, reading minds, super human strength, but for my daughter I knew it was a deeper question.
“I don’t know, how about you?” I smiled and asked.
“Invisible.” She answered matter-of-factly.
“Why?” I inquired.
“I don’t know, sometimes it would just be nice to not be noticed.” She answered and then changed the subject and we moved onto another topic. I thought about my discussion with Ashley later. Her answer struck me because she’s knee deep in middle school, where it’s every kid for themselves, kind of like Lord of Flies. Middle school scares me. The kids are cruel and everyone’s confused, frustrated, and overly sensitive. Magnify that with the 24/7 social media barrage and I could only imagine that it can be a bit overwhelming. It’s no surprise that my daughter might want to be invisible.
Today, I’m thinking hard about my superpower. What superpower would I really want, if I truly had a choice and access to such abilities. I concluded that I would want the ability to travel back in time. My desire for this ability is very simple. I would love the ability to travel back in time so that I could experience precious moments that I allowed to pass by without an appreciation for the experience.
When I think about those moments in time and if I could suddenly go back and experience them again, it makes me smile. I think about a houseboat trip with my family and quiet nights cooking out and playing games as the sun set on Dale Hollow lake. I think about my wedding day and all the friends and family members that were in attendance that are no longer alive. I think about the moments with my wife before we had our children and it was just us. Yes, it would be nice to revisit some of the moments and appreciate them more.
As I think about that superpower, I realize that it’s not too far-fetched as it sounds. No, I don’t have the ability to go back in time, but I do possess the ability to be grateful for everything I have now. I can absorb the present and appreciate it for what it is, a gift that I have in that moment and something that should be cherished. I have resources, I have health, I have a loving family, and I have fantastic friends. I have everything I need to be joyful and grateful. I can negate my need or desire to go back in time if I start appreciating what I have right now.
You have that ability as well. All of us has something to be grateful for, both big and small, but we often fail to recognize our gifts and fall short of truly appreciating them until they’re gone. Count your blessings today, what are you thankful for right now? Appreciate your life. It’s uniquely your own, and it’s beautiful. Gratitude is the greatest superpower of all and everyone has access to it, so grab onto it today and be thankful for what God has given you.