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I Am A Superhero! No, Really!

I am a powerful person. How so, you ask? I have the ability to change the way people feel.

source: en.wikipedia.org

source: en.wikipedia.org

Let me explain.

Yesterday, I stopped to fill up the car before heading home. Soon afterward, a man came outside and began emptying the trash cans at the gas pumps. He didn’t seem to be in a good mood. But, being the good Southerner I am, I said hello to him and asked how his day was going.

The man acted surprised, but answered politely in the way us Southerners do.

Of course, I didn’t let up. No way! I kept on talking to him about the weather.

Guess what happened next? That man’s body language went from tense and closed up to relaxed and content, all in a matter of one minute.

And all I had to do was start by saying hello.

See? I told you I was powerful!

But with power, comes responsibility. It’s my responsibility to share my gift with at least one person every day. And, who knows, maybe if I share my power with someone, they will realize that they, too, have the power, and will then share it with someone. And on and on it goes.

What about you? Do YOU have the power?

Well, perhaps you do. But you won’t know for sure until you try it out.

Give it a shot, and report back here with your findings.

 

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I am a malamute that was rescued by Jen. I live with June Buggie the cat. I blog about animal welfare and responsible care of companion animals at rumpydog.com. You can follow me on Twitter - @RumpyDog. And don't forget to LIKE my Facebook page! Thanks!

Discussion

40 thoughts on “I Am A Superhero! No, Really!

  1. What a lovely idea! I think we all crave connection and acknowledgement, two things that are lacking more and more in this impersonal world. Good for you for going out of your way to be friendly to that guy. We should all try harder to connect with those around us. We’re all in this together after all!

    Posted by catchats | June 25, 2014, 6:28 AM
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    Discover new blogs, make new friends, join our communities, have fun https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewordpressblogatorium/ (and for non-Facebook users https://plus.google.com/u/0/107780884163598533386 … Let’s get started!!

    And on a personal note: you make me smile.

    Posted by ceadomile | June 25, 2014, 6:29 AM
  3. Well done :) I had the power today..was having a blood test the woman said she wanted a dog..she missed having one and was on her own..she works full time and was thinking Kelpie………………so after a chat about working dogs and the needs they have..she started to think perhaps this was not a good idea..i mentioned retired greyhounds as gentle family dogs also not as high maintenance as one might think…I suggested she go to the shelter …explain her lifestyle as honestly as possible..told her they may not have ‘the’ one..but would be sure to let her know if one that suited came in…she thanked me and said to ring her if I heard of a doggie suitable needing a home..the change being a working woman will now not get a dog that needs what she can’t offer and end up being recycled through the system :) one down…….hugs Fozziemum

    Posted by fozziemum | June 25, 2014, 6:41 AM
  4. Ah, a kindred spirit. And yes, social media can’t do what you did, you superhero you.

    Posted by somethingwagging | June 25, 2014, 6:41 AM
  5. Good idea! And a power shared gives double power I’m sure. :o)

    Posted by easyweimaraner | June 25, 2014, 7:10 AM
  6. Fabulous message here! Doesn’t it make you feel good when you can have that effect. I love it!

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    Posted by Roy Sexton (Reel Roy Reviews) | June 25, 2014, 7:10 AM
  7. I am a superpoodle. I have the ability to make grumpy people smile. I test my powers often.

    Posted by carmapoodale | June 25, 2014, 8:40 AM
  8. I like to think I have that power as well. I always seem to be able to change peoples mood, make people smile, cheer people up. And it makes me feel great knowing that I can do that.
    I think it’s great that you stopped to talk to that man. Good on ya!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    Posted by Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady | June 25, 2014, 8:53 AM
  9. And what a wonderful way it makes you/us feel when we do that! I always understood that was the true meaning of love and compassion, to create that wonderful feeling between two people no matter the circumstances.

    But now that we all have Smartphones the opportunities are less frequent to work the magic.

    Posted by Bernadette | June 25, 2014, 9:19 AM
  10. We should all take the time to do that. The world would be a better place.

    Posted by mariodacat | June 25, 2014, 10:28 AM
  11. A smile can turn a frown upside down.

    Posted by corkscot | June 25, 2014, 10:45 AM
  12. That’s a great post. It’s so true … I don’t have to let others’ moods affect mine, and I can affect change by extending some kindness. Thank you for the reminder! :)

    Posted by meowmeowmans | June 25, 2014, 12:31 PM
  13. It’s true. DeDe always said to never leave your house without a smile. A smile makes people act differently. And I remember that when I walk along the street. DeDe was very powerful.

    Posted by Hi folks. It's BJ Pup | June 25, 2014, 6:53 PM
  14. It’s astounding what a smile and a kind word can do!

    Posted by Genevieve Petrillo | June 25, 2014, 8:34 PM
  15. That’s such a great idea! I’m currently looking into training to be a therapy dog and feel the same way. As dogs we have so much power to heal and help. It’s a beautiful thing. :)

    Posted by BunkThePug | June 25, 2014, 11:32 PM
  16. Sometimes it takes so little, but often no one even thinks of it. You are indeed a superhero!

    Posted by jobi and fisher | June 26, 2014, 5:54 AM
  17. That persons whole day was better after that!! And so was yours :) what we call a toofer (2 for 1)!! Good for you x

    Posted by Austin Towers | June 26, 2014, 6:23 AM
  18. Love this. Had a nice experience the other day. Went in to buy a pair of shoes at the outlet mall. I asked the really nice sales lady if she got the commission. “No,” she said. And she’s most likely getting minimum wage, a working single mom, etc. Soooooo, I got her name and info and went on line to the shoe company (Clarks) and made a point to give her a special ack. I got an e-mail back that it went into her personnel file and that her boss would mention this to her. In the process of her taking care of me I told her she was one of the nicest sales people I’ve ever dealt with and I meant it. She looked and looked and looked and was so helpful to get me the shoes that would help my arthritic problem. I was most grateful. Her body language showed she felt appreciated. I hope she gets that ack and remembers the difference she made in my day-with her POWER!

    Posted by The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap | June 26, 2014, 8:58 AM
  19. I posted your story on Facebook, hoping that others will feel empowered to do the same. Love your story. ;-)

    Posted by earthriderjudyberman | June 27, 2014, 4:40 PM
  20. We run into this all the time with my family. We were raised to greet people, open doors, say “please, thank-you and yes ma’am”. When I returned to the Midwest after living in the mountains for 11 years, I was amazed at the people who were shocked when I used my “manners”. We have raised my brother’s kids to be the same way. I hear constant compliments from people about what “kind” and “polite” or “caring” people my family are. We have all just practiced what my parents taught us. “Be the person that you would like to meet.” It’s a little like “do unto others” I guess. I like being happy and I want to share that feeling. A smile can warm a person’s day and it is so little to give.

    Posted by Marty the Manx | July 1, 2014, 8:53 PM

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