Availability In School

vs. self-centeredness

Willingness to change my schedule and priorities to meet a need

To practice Availability I will:

  • put others ahead of myself
  • find a way to help, not a way to hide
  • be ready when I am called
  • be glad for the change to serve
  • check with the right people before making commitments

Core Resources

‘The Power of Availability’
– Bill Croskey

You may remember a while back when I wrote about my comic book collection. Superman is my favorite. Well, a character that has been around since 1938 and before needs revamping from time to time. In the 1980s, a new storyline was developed in which Clark Kent was a less mild-mannered and more assertive, crusading reporter who went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Nevertheless, he hid his superpowers, and no one guessed he was the strongest being in the Solar System. In the series, Superman’s arch-enemy, Lex Luthor, was a corporate CEO who wanted to control the world. All that stood in his way was Superman. So, Luthor decided that defeating him meant finding out Superman’s secret identity through a supercomputer program. All the data was entered, and Luthor asked the computer who Superman was. The answer was: Clark Kent. Luthor became enraged because he thought the computer got it wrong! Why? If Luthor had all the power that Superman has, he would not be able to pretend he was a mere reporter. Luthor refused to accept the notion that the world’s strongest man would pretend to be a relatively weak one. The paradox of great power being contained or controlled eluded Luthor. But I think even those of us who are not super villains see this contrast all the time.

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Education Pillar Resources

Archived Bulletins for Availability