Showers, Flowers, Superpowers

“For years, kids have been asking me what’s the greatest superpower. I always say luck. If you’re lucky, everything works. I’ve been lucky.”

— Stan Lee, comic book writer and producer


I’m going to tell you a secret. Most of the time, when working on an issue of RecreatEmily Tipping pictureion Management, I create the table of contents before I write this page. And when I do, I give myself 20 seconds to come up with a title for my Editor’s Note, and then, later, I make myself write something to fit that title.

This month, that thought process went like this: April… April… April… showers, bring May flowers. And then I typed out, “Showers, Flowers, Superpowers” for the TOC.

So here I am, fingers on the keys, exercising my strength for turning a random thought into a cohesive piece of writing. Bear with me ...

We all want the flowers and the sunny, growing warmth of May, but the flowers won’t show up if there’s not also plenty of rain. To get flowers, we need those showers.

Likewise, who wouldn’t love to have superpowers? Or maybe just one superpower? It’s fun to think about (and hear people’s responses to) the question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The answers to that question vary from person to person: invisibility, the ability to transport oneself to any place in space or time, flying, super speed, and so on.

Usually, we think of superpowers as something fantastical… superhuman… impossible. But when it comes down to it, we all have superpowers, even if they’re a bit more mundane (and bound by the laws of physics). Like the proverbial flowers, our real-life superpowers also require certain inputs: practice, learning, effort. And all of us, hopefully, bring those powers to bear daily in the work that we do.

Maybe your strengths include coming up with clever new twists on programming or marketing ideas. Maybe you’re a master of organization and planning, and keep things at your facility operating smoothly with those skills. Maybe you’ve got the power to make people really want to get involved in volunteering.

What are your strengths? How do they help you in your day-to-day? And how do you “water” and “feed” those powers?


Emily Tipping
Editorial Director,
Recreation Management

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