I Encourage. What is Your Superpower?

About 15 years ago, a friend told me that I have the gift of exhortation. It sounded eerie to me, until she explained that people blessed with the gift do an awesome job of encouraging others.

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!

45 comments:

  1. Lea... I agree we all have a superpower... I even wrote a blog post on this a few years ago... I would say mine was writing... I like how you gave a list of superpowers someone could have, these are all great examples, I too believe we need to give back with service from our superpowers... really great post xox

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    1. You do have writing superpowers, Launna! Thank you.

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  2. We are simply people, and we are together. Those who are not, I feel sorry for them.

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  3. What an inspiring post, and that was lovely... what that person said about your superpower:) That's a pretty great superpower to have.

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    1. I agree, Emmylou. Thank you so much.

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  4. I've been called "super" before, but it's usually been appended to another not quite so nice sentiment! Just kidding. You make some good points here, and it's certainly important to use the gifts or powers to better the human race.

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  5. Got some of those you mentioned, imparting knowledge, cooking, listening. I don't like research for itself, but I do like to know the answers. Thanks for visiting today. Is eating a superpower, if so I certainly exercised that one on the Chinese dumplings today.

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    1. Then let's make eating a superpower! :) Thank you, Jo.

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  6. Nice to know we all have superpowers, another thing to find what mine is! Interesting post.

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    1. You definitely are blessed with many! Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. I really enjoyed your post Lea, your superpower shines through!

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  8. Hi Lea! What a wonderful compliment you got! And I think it often takes someone else to point out our strengths, it helps to have outside input.
    I'm not too sure what my 'superpowers' are. Hmmm... Well, I think I was a good nurse, I tried to be empathetic and give good patient care. I am a pretty good listener too.
    I think because we all have God in us, we must have special ways to shine. He needs us to act on our gifts! I'm so glad you are encouraging us here with your post. You are a good at exhortation!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Very true, Ceil! I know you will forever be a good nurse and listener. Thank you so much, that means a lot.

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  9. Superpowers or none, I still live and lead to what I could offer or share to others. Being a teacher, an avid gardener, an artist, a blog writer, and a good listener become a persona I become with one purpose, to be productive in this life of ours.

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    1. Very well put, Jonathan! Thank you.

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  10. Your superpower to encourage others is wonderful!
    I tend to get picked in raffle game, and I can usually feel when I am going to be picked. Sadly, it's only for small prizes and not a big lottery. Haha :-)

    Thank you for your visit. You have such a great blog!

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    1. Small prizes are better than none! That's awesome, Tamago! Thank you so much.

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  11. this is an inspiring story, and thank you for sharing it ... here's looking forward to many more decades of encouragement and exhortation :)

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  12. I would add that you are a great writer as well as encourager. I love God's encouragement flowing through me to uplift others. Also, I'm a researcher, too! No wonder I like your post so much!!!

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    1. Thank you very much! That means a lot.

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  13. Lea, this is such an inspiring post, thank you so much for sharing. And I agree with Saleslady's comment about your talents. I have been told that I have a knack for encouraging others and for making them smile. I try to do this on a daily basis and I really think that when we give to others we get so much back. For myself I get a sense of happiness, of well being and feel very blessed.

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  14. Lea, this is such an inspiring post, thank you so much for sharing. And I agree with Saleslady's comment about your talents. I have been told that I have a knack for encouraging others and for making them smile. I try to do this on a daily basis and I really think that when we give to others we get so much back. For myself I get a sense of happiness, of well being and feel very blessed.

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    1. I agree, Linda. When we make others happy, we feel even happier and blessed in return. Thank you.

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  15. Lea, I'm loving it here! Such wonderful blog & I love your post! My superpower?? Guess it's cooking! Err....... does shopping count?? Hahaha! xoxo

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    1. Let's make shopping count :) Thanks, Shirley!

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  16. Hello Lea, greetings and good wishes.

    We all have God given super powers. They are all hidden withing us. We have to work on them to identify what they really are and hone them to perfection. Only then, we will be able to help and inspire others. Honing means a lot of effort, persistence and determination to excel. Not many can go through this arduous process and many die without knowing what their skills are.
    Take my own case, I wanted to be a good writer but I never persisted and really made the effort, I wanted to be a good photographer but I never succeeded, I wanted to be good in sales and convincing others, I could not do it really well, I wanted to be good in oration, but I never really tried hard. These are super powers lying dormant in side me for the simple reason I never really persisted.My minds wanders and jumps like a monkey from one branch to the other. Just a minute, I forgot to tell you that I bought an expensive Casio key board to learn music but after some practice I did not bother to keep at it and now it is gathering dust. What a pity.

    I admire you for your gift of exhortation and you are using this super power wonderfully well like a light house guiding ships safely to the harbor. You are an inspirational writer and confidence builder and helping many like me who visit your blog and read your posts carefully..

    Wish you all the best.

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    1. Thank you so much, Joseph. All your beautiful words never fail to inspire me.

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  17. Encouraging others is an awesome superpower!

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  18. Encouraging others is an awesome superpower!

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  19. Lea, this is a great post! I think my superpower may be that I am a loyal friend. Thank you for visiting my blog! :-)

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    1. That's an awesome superpower, Daisy! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Encouraging others is something very very amazing and special :) To me it means you feel a lot of compassion - and I believe that compassion changes the world :)
    I'm not sure what my super powers are. Maybe photography, or listening. I think I have to ask my friends what they think it is :)
    Wonderful post!

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  21. Thanks for your visit and kind words.
    This is an inspiring post and I say bravo to you!

    I think my super power is being there for my family and friends whenever I am needed.
    And I think I am an average good poet ...

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  22. I think my superpower is making friends with dogs. I've never met a dog that didn't like me. My current dog, who I rescued, fought it because she doesn't like men, but I eventually won her over.

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  23. Hi Lea, I'm a little late to the party ...

    I agree that you have the superpower to encourage - I saw that by your kind words of compassion on my blog recently (with the passing of Sasha).

    I'm still uncovering mine but I would think a love of nature and the ability to see God in his creation, and I'm working on developing my photography superpower.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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