Are You Alive?

By Kelli Tyler, Associate

Georgetown Insurance Service, Inc.

Silver Spring, MD

November 20, 2015


Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

I thought of this quote after attending the Maryland Nonprofits Association’s Annual Conference on November 13th. I met so many people who were excited to be there, excited to connect with others, and who really came alive as they talked about the work they do in the community.

Those who came to my Superhero themed exhibitor booth got ribbons that said “Ask Me My Superpower!” For fun, I asked them to share what they thought their superpower was. While some people shared the Superpower they WISHED they had, most shared the quality they ACTUALLY possess that makes them powerful.

I was impressed with their answers and was interested to see what the final collection of responses would look like. What evolved was a list of qualities that anyone could posses, which at first glance may not seem like Superpowers at all. But when you really consider them, you can start to see the potential. Imagine the awesome power that would exist if more people came together using strengths like these to create real change in the world!


Ability to turn Negative to Positive


Being Nice

Belief in Self

Calm in Crisis


Common Sense


Dazzling Smile that Connects People



Ending poverty

Granting Wishes

Healing Hands






Remembering Little Details

Seeing through Walls



These are the real Superheroes. These are the people who have found what makes them come alive and are out there doing it. They have found their calling. They don’t do it for fortune or fame. They do it because it makes them happy and brings them peace knowing that they are working to make a difference. I, for one, am thankful for each and every one of them – those special people who are out in the world using their powers for good!

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