When it comes to finding your voice and creating a life of abundance growing your influence and impact, it’s all about discovering and embracing your uniqueness.
Your path through life is your superpower. It has prepared you to help others in a unique way. When you recognize and embrace this and uncover your super power (what we call your core magic) and identify a transformational promise you can deliver, you open up a path to true abundance.
Last night, a show I love that airs on Netflix, Master of None, won an Emmy for best comedy writing. The show starts Aziz Ansari of Parks and Rec fame as Dev, and the nuance and touching portrayal of his family relationships, friendships and layered depiction portraying a son of immigrants is wonderfuly delicate and howlingly funny at the same time. I was surprised to learn the Emmy was a historic win, as the episode was co-written by one of his co-stars, Lena Waithe, who became the first African American woman to be nominated and to win a comedy writing Emmy. She gave an impassioned shout out to the “LGBQTIA community,” and her words at the stars in attendance both in tears and roaring their approval.
Her character is so wonderfully unique on the show, and I remember very much the episode that won, “Thanksgiving,” because it seemed so real (just like the endless days I spent with friends in my room as a kid). I also had a very multi-everything group of friends when growing up, across different states and different cities. That aspect is another thing I love about the show because it feels so familiar, like home (even though I didn’t have one “home”).
The episode was transcendent as it packed in so much, covering over ten years of holiday dinners in Denise’s home to explore themes of friendship and love, as Waithe’s character comes out to her family. I don’t want to say too much because the episode (and show) is so good. You should get Netflix and watch it. (What do you mean you don’t have Netflix yet?) It’s really beautiful (and the always brilliant and beautiful Angela Bassett plays Denise’s mom!)
In any case, the wonderful part of all this, which inspired today’s post, was Waithe’s acceptance speech at the Emmys. After giving the LGBTQIA shout out, she went on to say:
“I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is without us in it. And to everybody out there who showed us so much love with this episode, thank you for embracing a little Indian boy from South Carolina and a little queer black girl from the South Side of Chicago. We appreciate it more than you could ever know.”
Embrace your superpowers and lift up the powers of others in the communities you serve.