You have a superpower

Oh yes you do.

The youth leader at our church introduced me to the book What’s My Superpower? by Aviaq Johnston. Within that book lies the answer.

The main character, Nalvana thinks that everyone but her has a superpower. She has friends who run fast, build with super strength and dangle from monkey bars for hours.

Every day she watches her friends and wishes she could do what they do. She tells them how great they are.

Nalvana is feeling badly until her mother helps her to recognize her own superpower. It’s a power we all have, if we choose to see it.

Nalvana makes people feel good.

Book cover: What's My Superpower, by Aviaq Johnston

9 thoughts on “You have a superpower

  1. Janet Givens

    Maya Angelou had a great saying on this very topic. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I like thinking of that as a superpower. How easy it is to compare ourselves to others (so often unfavorably too). Thanks for that.

  2. marianbeaman

    When we compare ourselves to others, we contrast the “inside” of ourselves to the “outside” of another person, sort of an extension of Janet’s comment. And we know appearances are often deceiving.

    I consider it my privilege to encourage the next generation to see themselves as a unique design, not replicated in anyone else. Comparisons are usually self-defeating. Great post, Arlene!

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Interesting observation. I never thought of it that way. Superpowers are usually perceived on an exterior level, aren’t they? I’m going to go away and think about that for a while . . . I guess your superpower is making people think!

  3. Ally Bean

    Oh what a wonderful superpower to have. I sometimes say that my purpose in life is to sit on the curb and clap as the parade goes by. I think I might have some Nalvana in me. Great fun post here.


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