Three things I learned from the Green Lantern

Peggy McPartland

Ah, the Green Lantern. Comic book hero and superpower. And not a bad role model! I found I learned a few things from the Green Lantern.

It takes courage to face fear.

A Green Lantern must have the courage and strength to overcome his fears.

We all find ourselves faced with fear many times throughout our lives. It’s not fear itself that’s the problem, but rather the lack of courage to face that fear. This is often where so many of us get stuck. We become paralyzed by fear and uncertainty.

We have great ideas but we’re afraid. We’re afraid of what people will think. We’re afraid to fail. We’re afraid to step out of our comfort zone. But that’s all so normal. It’s important to feel the fear and understand what it represents rather than being overwhelmed by it.

It takes courage to accept our fears for what they are – a message that we’re pushing our boundaries and moving out of our comfort zone. And that’s exactly where we want to be. We do have the ability to overcome our fear. Sure, it’ll be uncomfortable but if we face  it with determination and welcome what it represents, we’ll conquer it and be able to challenge ourselves in new and surprising ways.

We often have strengths that we aren’t aware of.

The ring never makes a mistake. It sees something in us that we don’t even see.

So often we’re unaware of our own strengths. They have become such a part of us that we no longer see them as anything unusual. Those around us can easily see things in us that we don’t even see ourselves.

Have you ever had someone tell you that they’d never be able to do what you do? It’s surprising to hear. We think, but can’t everyone do that?  It seems so normal, something we’ve never considered unusual and  think is nothing.

We often underestimate our unique strengths. Open up, trust your abilities and you’ll begin to see yourself in a very different way. Every one of us has incredible talent, passion and strength. We just need to get in touch with that and embrace those limitless abilities.

Community is powerful.

The collective willpower of the Green Lantern Corps can bring harmony to the universe.

There really is strength in numbers. There’s an amazing group of  bright, talented people out there going through exactly what we’re going through. Reach out to them. They openly and generously support and inspire each other. That sense of community is vital to our well-being. We’ll find more in the collective knowledge, experience and sense of purpose in the amazing people we surround ourselves with than we ever will alone.

Embrace the people around you, reach out, ask questions and share. It’ll bring a new sense of stability, balance and strength into your life.

Like the Green Lantern, when we pull together with the strength of the community we can accomplish amazing things.

Minus the cool green suits though.

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2 Responses to “Three things I learned from the Green Lantern”

  • Niall DohertyNo Gravatar Says:

    Hey Peggy, nice post. I love that you were able to find some good lessons in the movie. Looking forward to seeing this one myself soon. Part of it was filmed right outside where I was living in New Orleans last summer. Apparently one day I just missed Ryan Reynolds practicing his sword fighting shirtless in the courtyard. My landlady was very excited about that!

    • Peggy McPartlandNo Gravatar Says:

      Haha! Thanks, Niall. I’m sure I could have found some good lessons from Ryan Reynolds sword fighting shirtless too! :-)

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