By Chaplain (Capt.) Meade Adams
2nd Bomb Wing
You’re much stronger than you think you are” Superman
One of the things mental health professionals have identified as key to health is having a positive self-image. How we feel about ourselves significantly impacts our actions and behaviors. Those with negative self-images are more likely to engage in risky and unhealthy behavior than those with positive self-images.
In the comic book world, Superman is the strongest there is. He has a seemingly unending litany of powers at his disposal including indestructibility, super strength, flying, super speed, x-ray vision and laser beams that comes from his eyes. You would think with all these powers he never has to worry about self-doubt or a negative self-image. However, the writers frequently depict Superman not as a god, but as a human being with fears and insecurities like the rest of us. One of the lessons he teaches us is that when you have reached that point where you feel like you don’t have anything left in the tank, there’s more strength in there than you thought.
Believing in yourself and in the strength within yourself can be an enormous tool in your resiliency toolbox. Believing that you are valuable, worthy and capable goes a long way in helping you to accomplish your goals and dreams.