The Smellinator and Other Mixed Blessings
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🌞 Happy Mindful Monday.
Episode 14 of The Uplifters Podcast is the most personal episode yet. In it, I chat, through lots of tears, with the journalist Lisa Halverstadt whose work has meant a tremendous amount to our family.
We talk a lot about what it’s like to be homeless in America, but what we’re really exploring is a fundamental need to be seen, known, and accepted as a human being.
One of the most surprising moments of the interview is when Lisa shares that she was born without a sense of smell. Being unable to smell her unhoused sources has allowed her to listen more deeply and see them more completely. This especially struck me since my family has always said that if I were a superhero, I’d be known as “The Smellinator”. I smell everything. Like most gifts, a keen sense of smell is a blessing and a curse. Lisa reminds us that the inverse of every gift can also be a superpower… if we find the right context for it.
So, here’s a cue for you today:
What personal trait or quality have you seen as a limitation? Under what conditions could it become a superpower?
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