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The World's Best Superhero

Updated on June 19, 2013

I discovered this long ago. It can strengthen the weak. It can make the slow speedy. It can infuse the weary with courage, energy, and vivacity. I don't want any money for it, and I don't want you to join my club. I will begin by relating a tale.

A Taste of Strength

His weak and spindly arms could scarcely carry the stack of plates to the sink full of hot soapy wash water. He was afraid he'd drop them. Glad for a break, he dropped back into the lounge and watched a little TV while he snacked. Oddly enough there was a superhero movie playing on the set. A muscly spandex-covered good guy lifted a heavy object with a single finger.

Something happened to him. With each passing second he wanted to be that hero. Energy surged into his legs and arms. He leaped to his feet and hurried back to his job, sure that he could do it better.

Suddenly he felt like a rip snorting bull just let loose from its pen to meet a toreador. He roared with the assurance of a lion that was up against a mouse in a cage fight. The dishes now were not heavy, but lighter than a balloon full of helium, or so it seemed. He gripped them with the strength he'd seen just moments before when the movie's protagonist had hefted a two ton car.

Heavenly Hurry

Two hundred papers to file. No, it was not an exaggeration. There were precisely somewhere between 198 and 210 pages to be sorted into 16 separate files.

"This could take forever," he thought.

Slowly the theater of his mind began to play back a memory of a past story he'd read in a book. The hero of the story moved with such speed, such skill, that his super mind could process and his super hands could sort a stack like that in under a minute.

"Give it a try," he said to himself. He knew he could not move that fast, but he thought it might be fun to imitate what he'd read about, just for the heck of it. What did he have to lose?

It wasn't all done in a single minute, but it was done faster than anyone in his office had ever done it before, as his boss observed.

The Sword and Shield

She was afraid of insects, especially the flying stinging sort. They'd chased her out of the tool shed more than once because they wanted to build nests in its rafters. Humans were unwelcome.

One of the kids brought a video game into the house. It had good morals and limited violence, with all the blows from a sword directed at evil robots that didn't bleed or feel. They did move, however, and the gameplay required moving at just the right time, blocking the robots with a shield and hitting their vulnerable point at the exact right moment. Intrigued, she started the computer up one night when the kids were asleep, and played until she'd beaten many levels.

She thought no more about it until she went back to the shed. The wasps dove and buzzed at her as she tried to get the shovel so she could work in the garden. All of a sudden, the shovel in her hand went up and blocked the backside of an angry wasp, sending it hurling into the wall. Another dove. This one she blocked as well. She was getting so good at this that she wondered why she had never thought of it before. Why was she doing it now? These reflexes! Whose were they? Where had they come from?

From playing the hero in that video game. The same principles applied to real life situations.

Their Secrets

Every superhero has secrets. All of them have a source or reason for their strength.

I will very plainly tell you why these three could improve at the things they wanted to do.

Belief

Each of these superheroes believed they could do what they wanted to do.

Belief doesn't guarantee success, but the lack of it pretty well wrecks up anything we do, to put it plainly. The lack of belief in our ability to succeed has defeated many an able man or woman. Or to put it another way, "You can do it. You just don't know you can." Knowing you can or knowing you can't plays a powerful role in willingness to try and the amount of effort a person is willing to expend. Will you plow a garden and sweat in the sun planting and watering if you know you will get nothing for this effort? I don't think you would. But if you know (or almost know) something good will come from your toil and travail, you will dive right into it with determination and pluck. Especially if that's how you expect to survive the next winter.


Example and the Power of Suggestion

All the infomercials and commercials selling must-have products know this--all of them show someone who is happily and successfully using their product. When you see someone else succeed at something they try it makes you want to try it also. It may have something to do with our social "herd" mentality. People were made to live and work together, and we are psychologically set up to learn by imitation from the time we're born. It makes sense, then, to want to try something you see, which is the reason why anyone doing something dangerous on camera who doesn't want to get hit with a lawsuit cautions, "Don't try this at home." The very message suggests a reason for saying so, namely, that human beings will try to imitate what they like in other people.

Who?

Logically, then, the power to adapt, become, and grow lives in all of us. We were all programmed with this code, this potential for development or improvement. Not all of us reach for it or find it, but it is there waiting to be discovered and unlocked.

The greatest of all superheroes--is you.

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    • Silver Poet profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Poet 

      5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Deborah: Thanks so much!

      Markie: Sounds like a poem. :)

    • Markie123 profile image

      Markie123 

      5 years ago

      Only speaking of the comic versions.

      Superman is who people want to be.

      Spider-Man is who people pretend to be.

      John Constantine is who people are.

      As for the greatest hero I'm not sure.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Well thank you the superhero could be You.. great hub.. made me feel good thank you again.

      hugs

      Debbie

    • Silver Poet profile imageAUTHOR

      Silver Poet 

      5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Thanks, Laura!

    • LauraD093 profile image

      Laura Tykarski 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I really enjoyed this hub...I smiled and could relate all the way through it. I haven't taken a peek at your work in awhile I will have to change that.

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