The moment I learned about what she meant, I realized that it was one of the best things anyone has ever said to me.
In 2004, I was part of a road accident. It was actually a near-death experience. When I came back to work after a week of bed rest, my boss asked me, "Lea, stories tell that people who survive accidents like that might have acquired superpowers!" He was kidding, of course. We are scientific.
I love research. I've basically lived in the laboratory since college. My first job was cloning viruses. So one day as I was drawing a schematic diagram of the day's experiment, I looked at my samples and said to myself, "Maybe I indeed have superpowers now. What if I can see my pet viruses with my naked eye..." I know it was hilarious but yeah, that would be cool. At the same time, it made me think, "Hey, I have a superpower way better than that -- I encourage!"
Each of us has his or her own superpower(s). You probably know what is yours already. If not, it's time to figure out what it is. And then determine why it was given to you. You have it for a purpose. The common denominator for all the superpowers that we have is they were given to us so we can serve others.
You may be a good writer. With that superpower, you can inspire others by writing blogs or stories.
Maybe you have a green thumb. Let those beautiful flowers brighten the day of each neighbor passing by your house.
Are you a photographer? Show the beauty of God's creation to the world.
Are you a fashion expert? Help others gain self-confidence.
Maybe you are a teacher. Not necessarily by profession, but you love to impart knowledge. Share what you know to educate others.
Perhaps you are a good cook. Express your love by serving hearty meals to your family and friends. Share your recipes.
You can be a good listener. Use this superpower to ease the burden of a friend by offering your undivided attention as she pours her heart out.
Each one of us is blessed with abilities which can either be ignored or cultivated. We are accountable for the superpowers given to us, and we must choose to use them wisely. This means giving a part of ourselves to others, specially those who are in need.
So going back to my story earlier, it turned out that I still needed a microscope to view the occlusion bodies of viruses. My naked eyes alone won't do the job. But guess what, using my superpower, I saved the day of a younger graduate student -- after we talked, she decided to run another trial of her experiment after failing for the n th time. She finished her course and it felt so good.
How about you? I would like to hear about your superpowers!