ICEBREAKER: WHAT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER?
For the longest time, I didn’t believe there was anything special about me – any superpower. I have since learned that I do have one, more than one!
I can and will point out the elephant in the room, and often introduce everyone to it and discuss what it is and why it is there. I’ll even try to have everyone make friends with it in order to collectively remove said elephant. It has been pointed out to me on many occasions that my giving the elephant in the name makes everyone uncomfortable and that I am being rude and thoughtless. I’ve learned that is not the case, indeed it is quite the opposite. By giving the elephant a name we are able to address it and deal with it. On the other side of fear is joy. Always.
I’m also able to regularly turn shit into sunshine. Not in a Pollyanna or naive way, but one that is constructive and solution-based. I convert as much “bad” as I can into “good” – turn a new lens on a situation so that it can be viewed from as many angles as possible. Solutions can be found for just about any situation, at the very least, kinder and gentler options are available. Always.
I show up. Always.
I’ve discovered that I am highly intuitive and empathic, with certain tools (pendulum, oracle cards, sound reiki, etc.) I am able to tune into the energies of the universe and have them guide me and my choices. The universe has our backs. What we are seeking is seeking us. Always.
I can write a list, make a plan, schedule a calendar, and work out tough logistics like no one else I know. LOVE it. With some thought and flexibility, there is a solution. Always.
And, because I know I have almost zero objectivity when it comes to what I might be good at, I posed the question “what are my superpowers?” to my kids. They responded with: decisive, modest, tenacious, insightful, observant, resilient, loving, independent, organization, unconditional love, generosity, dependability, creative, strong-willed, and forthright. Wow! I’ll take it! (It’s always nice to know what your kids think about you, amiright?)
GOING DEEPER: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE (OR GREATEST WEAKNESS)?
My greatest weakness was Bill. I would (and did) do anything for that man – and it continues as I honour him in the best way I can. (He’s been gone a month today and I still catch my breath.)
Other than that, I suppose Carole’s carrot cake with a cup of hot Earl Grey tea or ordering recommended books I want to read or collecting office supplies. I can be overly enthusiastic about things.
According to my kids? Project hoarder, impatient, hard time asking for help, non-NZ Sauvignon Blanc, flashes of temper (I prefer to call it setting boundaries), Reese’s peanut butter cups (Blizzard form, too), Tucker’s little face, Finn’s sploot, cranberry tequila cocktails, pilates with Jackie, chaotic organization and overly opinionated. Ouch. Well, they’re not wrong.