• Melissa Miraglia

Superpower

As a child I’ve never really wished to have a superpower. Maybe that’s because I have always been pretty satisfied with the ones I already have. So, if I could have a “superpower”, I would love to have the power to instantly turn anger and fear into happiness and joy.

Most problems in the world are caused by anger, fear and misunderstanding. If no one in the world had anything or anyone to fear, there would be no anger. And if no one was angry, then communication would flow more effectively and practically eradicate misunderstandings. And of course, if there were no more misunderstandings, then humans could live in harmony with one another. You can call it a superpower, or simply call forth the power that lurks within each of us. Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Accordingly, many of us are willing to do the work that starts within each of us. Some say that there will always be those people who were born to be greedy and violent. Some argue that the lack of good nurturing is what creates “bad” people. I often wonder if the hunger for power and control is truly inherent in the human race and I’m just rejecting that truth. That age-old argument between nature and nurture may never be settled, but I prefer to believe that we are all born innocent, and that we learn our more negative traits from the bruises we get from life’s school of hard knocks. In any case, we are still free to choose whether to live our lives with courage and integrity, or to live in the cowardice of fear.

Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers said, "The most important Journey we will ever take is the 18 inches from our mind to our heart." We are all already super heroes and our biggest super power is the power to love and forgive one another. The most important power we will ever need is the one that each of us already possesses.

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