“With great power comes great responsibility.” Apparently there is some disagreement whether it was Voltaire or Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben who really said it first, but either way it’s a heavy prospect. Responsibility has a bad reputation for raining on parades.
But with great power also comes an incredible range of opportunity. Over the last month I hope these posts have opened wide the door of possibility for how you see your own power, how you can find or rediscover it, nurture it, and – ultimately – light a fire of inspiration for how you might use it.
I hope too that you feel ready to challenge anyone else who says they don’t have any power. We always have some small power of choice, even in the most hopeless situations. One of the most transformative and vulnerable things you can do is nurture someone else’s power. Do it, and you’ll realise it is like lighting a candle from your own flame – you’re no poorer for it and the world is illuminated some more for everyone.
Emily Dickinson wrote: “To be alive – is Power”. So, simply put, to discover our power we must get more curious about what it is to be alive.
Next week we’ll be in a new month so we’ll have a new theme. Let us know what you’d like to get curious about next!
Claire Eadington geeks out on workflow management, performance and wellbeing. Claire’s TEDx talk about barriers to performance for exceptional women kicked off the 2017 TEDxWhitehallWomen event in London.
Claire writes a weekly blog, Self Curious, on NPW’s website.
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