|Sometimes the best 'superheroes'|
A lot of the time we want credit for the things we do. We want people to recognise the good we’ve done, and to reward us in some way.
In the book I keep referring to lately, Love Does (Thomas Nelson, 2012), Bob Goff talks about being secretly incredible, or ‘being awesome.’ No song and dance, no ‘look at me and what I’ve done’ fanfare, just doing stuff for people or being there for them simply because you can, because you wanted to, because they needed you to.
I don’t believe in Karma as such, but my niece forwarded a text message to me earlier this week that said: ‘Karma saw your sadness and said: “hard times are over”.’ I thought it was a sweet sentiment and it actually made me feel better. Not because I believed the Universe was about to redress some cosmic balance of fairness in my life, but because I believed I had been doing the right things and so, perhaps eventually, I’d see the benefit of that.
And, even if I don’t, at least I can be satisfied with what I’d done.
I want to be known for being an ‘awesome’ guy, of course I do. But I’d much rather people just saw it in me as part of my nature, rather than because I showed off about it.
In my experience, people do notice show-offs, and often give them rewards and affection. But people who don’t show-off, who just get on with doing the good they can, get noticed too. Maybe not as quickly, or as obviously, but when it happens it will probably be by people who are looking for something deeper, something closer, something more ... meaningful. And I reckon that’s worth far more.
So keep being awesome, even if it seems no-one is watching. I actually think that’s a pre-requisite of genuine ‘awesomeness’ anyway...