Prompt 04: Super Power
Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ... we know you've got one. What's your 2011 superpower?
My comic book reading has suffered this year—from talking with a few of my male co-workers and friends, this is a common consequence of matrimony—but I have read enough and Batman, particularly Grant Morrison's Batman, was my favorite super hero read.
For my money, the most interesting twist was the creation of Batman, Inc., Bruce Wayne announced a vision of global Batmen helping to bring justice to the world and set out to find local heroes to join his mission.
He didn't create carbon copies of himself. He found the right people for the job and, as Batman, gave them the confidence to step up, even if they didn't believe they could.
And he often did it with just a few words.
That's what I'd like to think my super power was this year: The Spark.
I hope that I was, more often than not, able to ignite ideas for people. To suggest something was possible that was just on the outside of their field of vision. To give rise to something a little greater.
I hope that I sparked conversation and connection. A little love and kindess. A little belief in taking big leaps of faith. A little healthy sense of adventure and risk-taking.
I hope that I sparked a desire for those around me to be better.
Because they sure did that for me.