This is a day set aside to recognize and celebrate superheroes, both real and fictional. Superheroes are role models for kids but they can be role models for adults, too. The world can be a dangerous, scary, and sometimes just plain difficult place to life and navigate your way through. At one time or another, I'm willing to be that we'll need a superhero in our life. I know I've been in a position where I've felt pretty alone before; maybe even unable to get through a trying or difficult time. Then, out of the clear blue someone comes along, and it's usually a stranger, who provides just the right assistance at just the right time. At that very moment, they became a superhero. No, they weren't wearing tights or a cape, but they came to my rescue just when I needed it most. And that's what superheroes do, right? And who doesn't want to be thought of as a superhero?
With a little thought and a keen sense of observation, anyone...even you or me...can become a superhero. Opportunities to "save the day" abound. We only need to keep our eyes open and be willing to help. even if it may not be a "convenient" time for us, or may even put us into harms way.
Before becoming a superhero, you might find it helpful to develop your new "alter-ego" character. What would he/she look like? What would be their superpower? Once you have this character firmly "fleshed" out in your mind, you'll have that resource to draw on the next time you see someone in need. And you won't have to duck into a phone booth to change clothes! (Good thing, too, as there aren't many of THOSE around anymore!) All you'll need to do, is mentally become your version of a superhero.
OK, so now we know what our character looks like, it's time to find opportunities to help. Here are a few easy suggestions.
1. Someone struggling to carry a heavy package who needs the door opened. Carry the package or, at least, open the door!
2. A neighbor child who's being bullied. Help him get help. Notify the authorities.
3. Your shut-in aunt who gets lonely. Go and surprise her with a visit, and a nice lunch.
4. Your friend whose car is the garage and needs a ride to a job interview. Take her, wait for her, then bring her home. Can't do that? Hire a cab for her.
6. The single mom at your church you struggles to feed her kids put is too proud to ask for help. Bring her a bag of food and discretely leave it by her front door. Or casually stop by for a visit and just happen to bring along a large casserole...you made two and your kids won't eat it.
7. That stray dog you see every day who needs a meal and a loving home. Take him in or find a shelter for him to go to. Critters needs superheros, too.
8. Your co-worker who was out taking care of his wife who's battling cancer. He's back to now and WAY behind on his work. Help him catch up so he won't need to stay late every night for a week or more.
9. The teen up the street looking for work to help buy his first car. Hire him to mow your lawn. I mean, the grass needs cutting anyway...
10. Your new neighbor who moved here from across the country and doesn't know anyone or where to find services. Introduce them around. Help them with a list of essential services, doctors, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, movie theaters....
You get the idea. There are as many ways to help as their humans. You don't need to be a superhero to do these simple and kindly things. But to the person you help, you'll be a larger-than-life superhero in their eyes. And that's pretty terrific, if you ask me.
After all, I don't need to be able to "leap tall building in a single bound" to be a superhero. I just need to be me.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. See you back here on Monday!