Which Super Power

                                             If I Could Have Only ONE
                                                          By Jeff Salter

             When I was a kid, I used to wish I had enough money [approximately $1.50, as I recall] to buy those “X-Ray Vision Glasses” advertised in comic books.  I confess some of the utilizations I imagined were anything but noble.
            But when faced with this question for our blogs this week, I realized making a selection would require a lot more thought and analysis.

Former Favorites
            Flying used to be big on my list … but not so much anymore.  I mean, I’d probably have to wear spandex and a cape.  Doesn’t really fit the current ‘ME’ at all.
            Super-strength was a childhood favorite, too … but these days, I’d worry that my fingers would crush the keyboard at the end of each sentence, or (if I snapped my fingers) somebody’s barn might fall in.
            Super-speed was another early favorite … but I now realize that teleportation (see below) would be much more efficient and wouldn’t muss up my hair or catch bugs in my teeth.
            Another ‘special’ quality – which may or may not be a super power per se – that I imagined as a kid was probably taken directly from the movie Gulliver’s Travels.  Yep, I used to wish I could be a giant.  But only for a little while.  Because gigantic responsibility accompanies being that large and powerful.  Of course, the converse was also appealing — being tiny … as Gulliver was in one episode.  But that was fraught with unimagined dangers from things like ordinary housecats.  [After all, I’d also seen the movie Tom Thumb … and a sci-fi film about people shrunk by an evil scientist.]

Interesting People
            As I sit here typing, I can think of many fascinating people I wish I could have met:  both historic figures (like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin) and those in my own line of ancestry (like my grandfathers who died before I was born). 
            So, if I were allowed to choose a ‘super-power’, I would likely select the ability to travel in time (both directions) and also teleport myself in the present.  [You see, one must be extremely specific when selecting a super-power … lest you get stuck with something that kicks your butt more than it helps anything.]

My Survey
            To test the desirable super-power waters (so to speak) of friends and acquaintances, I posted a straw poll on Facebook a few days ago.  Received a variety of very interesting responses.
            Some, like me, wished for the ability to travel in time or space (teleportation).  One wanted invisibility … another talent I’d wished for as a kid.  One friend wanted ‘genie power – three wishes’ … which has always been among my favorite fantasies as well.
            Others wished for ‘powers’ which seemed more practical:  like telepathy, super knowledge, or the ‘ability to tame the wild beast – be it four-legged or two-legged’.
            Surprisingly (to me), some preferred very specific abilities which they happened to need right NOW:  e.g., ability to generate electricity (because her power was out), ability to color her walls easily (because she needed to paint), and ability to ‘pause’ the rain until she could unload her groceries.  I confess that those tickled me … because I couldn’t see ‘wasting’ my wish on such a focused ‘power’.  [That said, one could generate a LOT of on-going good out of those abilities.]
            One which stood out:  ‘psychokinesis/telekinesis: so I could scratch where it itches without anyone else being the wiser’.  Ha!  Another super power which I suppose all of us would appreciate:  ‘knowing just what to say in the right situation’.
            But among the dozen or so responses I received, there were a few compassionate souls whose selected super power would benefit others considerably more than it would be a bonus for themselves.  Among these very unselfish selections were the following:
            *  power to render the ill-mannered immobile
            *  ability to heal emotional pain
            *  ability to go back in time and undo something I’ve said or done that didn’t come out right
            And, finally, one which deeply touched me:  ‘ability to heal not only the body but the mind and the spirit’.

 Conclusion
            Even though none of us actually has the option of selecting a super-power, I was quite interested in the wide range of responses I received … if it WERE possible.  That said, a good friend posted one which I cannot omit (despite its extreme implausibility):  he wished for the ‘power to understand women’.  Ha!  AS IF.

 Question
            If you had the option, what super-power would YOU select? 

Next week
            I have a special Guest Fox on tap for next Thursday.  Be sure to take off a few minutes from your Thanksgiving Day to have a look at what Laurie Ryan has to say on Nov. 24th.

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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41 Responses to Which Super Power

  1. jbrayweber says:

    HAHA! GREAT blog, Jeff. So many great choices people have suggested.

    I would love to be able to heal the body and mind. That would be truly a gift. But if we were keeping to super powers as most people know them, I’d want the ability to “poof’ myself anywhere. I’ve always wanted that. And here lately, with the toddler and preteen, it seems I am forever running late – something I abhor. So, ‘poofing’ here and there would be great. Bonus, if I could ‘poof’ what I’m touching to go, too (kids, truck, etc.)

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Jenn. Yeah, I wish I could zip hither and yon … but I think I’d want more of an engine noise to accompany it. Not “poof” … but maybe “Vroom”.

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  2. danicaavet says:

    Great post, Jeff. I especially liked that last suggestion lol

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  3. You mentioned a lot of possible super powers here, Jeff! The poll you took was a good idea for gist for the mill. I mentioned that I’d love to have the power to time travel, on yesterday’s blog. Today I think my wish would be for invisibiility. Or maybe the ability to think of what ever I wanted, and I would have it! For that matter, how about the ability to control the minds of editors so that they would want to buy everything I wrote! They would not only buy it, but they would all want to engage in BIDDING WARS over it!! Oh, you’ve got me going now. . .

    JH!

    BTW If men weren’t such simple creatures, they would have No Problem understanding women! (“men only need three things to live”) LOL!

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  4. Lois Grant says:

    Good blog and I enjoyed your survey on Facebook also. Although many of the wishes were put in a comical way, I was really touched by the very gentle ones that wanted to help mankind. There are so many good hearts out there. You have a bunch of interesting good friends and I have enjoyed getting to know them through you on Facebook.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Sug. Yes, the tender ones kind of surprised me also. That very special one was submitted by a wife on behalf of her husband, who is ill.

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  5. I think you need to have a bit of all of them!! LOL!

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  6. Love the post, Jeff! (And did you notice? It’s not 11:57 pm for a change! I needed no ‘super power’ to make it on time for once.)

    I followed your poll, and found the many suggestions touching, humorous, wishful, impossible (men will never understand women!) and revealing. You’re a deep thinker, and it shows in your posts. Keep challenging us, Super Writer! You look good in that alphabet cape!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Runere.
      If I ever had to wear a cape, it would be a Dracula cape. I think those look cool.
      In a vampire comedy which I can’t recall the name of, George Hamilton and Richard Benjamin make a joke about the females’ attraction to Dracula — “It’s the cape, isn’t it?”
      LOL

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  7. Micki Gibson says:

    Oooh, I thought of another one. Yesterday on one of my loops, one of the gals asked a question about funnel cakes with regards to a scene in her WIP. Boy howdy, did we ever take off and run with that topic. So…my superpower would be to make all of the calories disappear from my favorite cheat foods without the flavor and oh-so-wonderful goodness disappearing. Yes, I would like the Selective Calorie Eliminator superpower, please.

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  8. Fun blog, Jeff. Calorie-free dark chocolate would be nifty.
    Hmm. I’m not sure what my super-power choice would be. Sometimes I dream that I can fly, but it is usually a last resort to escape bad guys. Since I don’t want to be chased by bad guys all the time, or be confused as a big bird during hunting season, I guess I won’t choose that one.
    How about the ability to shove kindness into people’s hearts when they are being mean? That would be cool. Imagine what the evening commute would look like! Bullies would disappear. Intolerance, prejudice would be forgotten words that we’d have to look up on Wikipedia. Every argument would end in a hug. I kinda like that idea.
    Maybe I’d choose the power to fix broken stuff–hearts, cars, kitchen appliances, the government…
    Or blink my eyes and create refrigerators that never run out of food so that no one goes to bed hungry. (My kids won’t be able to yell, “Mom! There’s no food, again!” And I won’t have to grocery shop!)
    Or I’d magically create warm, safe housing for all.
    World peace?
    I don’t know, Jeff, but I think the super-power choices are endless.
    But I don’t believe men will ever be able to figure us out. Sorry.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Glad you could visit,Kimberley.
      Your list has a lot of things I hadn’t considered. I’d love to be able to fix broken stuff!
      And a kinder, gentler world with adequate shelter and food would be wonderful!
      No bullies!

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  9. Louisa Bacio says:

    Another entertaining blog. I thought, “not today, I’ve got a lot to do.” Oooh, super-powers! I’m there … Now, I’ll be thinking all day what I want. You know some friends already call me Elektra because I tend to “spark.” Shock people and stuff like elevators when I tough them. I also tend to kill computers … so may already have some superpowers.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL, Louisa … if your touch kills computers, please don’t touch my PC.
      or, to put it another way, “Leggo of my Eggo”. Ha.
      Thanks for visiting.

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  10. Lavada Dee says:

    I LOVED your post this morning. What a great way to start my day. Humor and deeper thoughts don’t usually go hand in hand. Taking time to think of the pro’s and con’s of one power or another is good. I usually just jump in and then have to the the butt kicking with the good stuff.

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  11. Love the part about the barn coming down! LOL.If I had a super power, it would be endless patience. And if you don’t think patience is a super power, then you obviously don’t have a house full of young children! LOL. (My six are 13, 11, 8, 5, 4, and 18m.)

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    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL, Sarah. Not sure if anyone could calculate how much patience would be involved in that super-power. They’ll prob. need new adjectives to describe it!

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  12. crbwrites says:

    Jeff, this post and all the comments suit my imagination just fine. I’m really enjoying the thought process you’ve started. If I ever make up my mind about my most desired superpower, I’ll let you know. But I may not want to mess with things–remember the unintended consequences when Jim Carrey as God said yes to everyone who prayed to win the lottery–and the pot was split so many times that the take was something like $47?

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Right you are, Chris. The unintended consequences seem always to foil the intentions of people who are granted wishes. Or … thos who get sudden super-powers.

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  13. Tonya Kappes says:

    I would have to be time travel. I want to be able to blink like Genie and travel, not waste time in a car, train, boat, plane, horse anything!

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  14. Laurie Ryan says:

    OMGosh, I am cracking up. Umm, tell your friend the whole “power to understand women” thing? It’s not going to happen. We keep things mysterious for a reason. lol And thanks for the nod on next week’s guest post. I’ll see you then!

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  15. I love this post! Having grown up on X-Men comics, I could go on and on about what superpowers I’d like to have, but I’ll boil it down to two: telepathy & flight.

    Nicely done!

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  16. I love the healing minds and bodies ability! I think being able to make people see the sense of something good or the foolishness of rash or selfish acts would be great, but those rather fall in to ‘telling God how to do His job”.For out-right, (maybe some selfish use), power ,(with good applications as well), the ablity to stop time for everyone else would be terrific.
    Now, Jeff, do I have to go looking for a t-shirt that says,”Careful, or I’ll use my superpower on you?”

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