No, it’s not your ability to ninja-diaper change your baby without turning the lights on or waking her up. Or your power to make all the left over mac n cheese magically disappear. It’s the power we hold in us every day, and while small it is powerful and important. I was inspired to write this post when some friends of mine posted this cartoon online by lunarbaboon:
I read this in the wee hours of the morning after getting up for the third time with my kiddos, and it made me really stop and take it in. It’s so simple, but its message is really powerful, and one that I need to and want to implement into life more often. The idea that we, in the smallest way, can make a difference, a REAL, make your whole day better, kind of difference. Guys, it’s no new news to most of us that the world is a difficult place to live. It’s something I worry about as a parent every day. But what I don’t think about enough is how my kids are going to be one of the good guys, how they are going to make all the difference. It’s something I usually don’t put too much thought into because it’s such a daunting task. Maybe the best time to start carving out these honorable skills are when my kids are a little older… but then I saw this cartoon and I was reminded how small an action it takes to make a big impact. Kids are always watching. Their real live heroes are us, parents. So it is up to us to show them the powers we possess. They might not be as flashy as the ones in the comics but they are just as important.
Sometimes the difference between a terrible day and a good one is that little extra spring in your step, the one that showed up after someone complimented something about you, or took the time to do something nice. It doesn’t have to be even as big as paying for the person’s coffee behind you (though that’s always a welcome surprise! 😉 ) No this power comes for free and we have the ability to use it every single day. I know next time I’m out I will try harder to show my kids this power. They have to be taught how to use it, and maybe if we all teach them the next generation will be filled with heroes!