Why He-Man Was Right

Aug 12, 2019

I grew up watching cartoons. Actually, I grew up watching two types of cartoons; the Looney Tune-type variety of Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, and Woody Woodpecker and the Hero-type variety of Super Friends, The Amazing Spider-Man and Friends, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and of course He-man. Oh, and let us not forget that wonderful hybrid that fits both of those categories, Popeye the Sailor Man. 

I lived for Saturday mornings as a child. That was the day full of Superhero cartoons. Weekday, after school cartoons were mostly for laughs. That is until He-man was born.

He-man was a different hero than I was used to. He wore minimal clothing and he carried a sword that gave him the power to defend his planet, Eternia. Interesting name, right? Eternia. Anyway, He-man had the power. And that was what he said, “I have the power!” In fact, it was that phrase that transformed a “normal” Prince Adam into He-man. Sure, purists will say it was the power that came from Greyskull, the Scouceress, or his magic sword, but I think Prince Adam (He-man) had it right when he said he had the power. 

Prince Adam, the normal person, became He-man when he would hold his sword to the sky and declare with confidence that he had the power. Once he made that declaration, the invulnerable hero would always appear. He-man had it right. Or at least Prince Adam did. He knew where his power came from; “I have the power.” 

That’s the lesson for all of us. WE have the power. WE are the ones with the power. The power for what, you might be thinking. But you already know, WE have the power to live the life you want to live. It’s inside of us. Waiting for us to tap into it. Waiting for us to harness it. 

There is nothing outside of you that will complete you. Everything outside of you will fade away, can go away, and can change without your permission. AND, nothing outside of you will ever truly satisfy you for more than a fleeting period of time. There is no power outside of you that can give you true freedom, peace, and joy. 

But in you, inside of you, is limitless power and potential. You have the power to co-create your own nervous system.

You have the power to think your own thoughts and create your own ideas. You have the power to choose whether or not to love or forgive. And only you have the power to let love remove fear, to let joy replace anger and to let passion dissolve apathy. This power is inside all of us. None of us are powerless and all of us have the power. And it is powerful. 

Think of it. Health is within us. Joy is within us. Power is within us. We are the creators. Which means our circumstances should come from us and shouldn’t shape us. In other words, we are to determine the outside and the outside is not to determine our inside. Does this make sense? 

The point is, you don’t need a magic sword to unlock your power. You just need to know it’s inside of you. Don’t let the outside world determine what’s on the inside. Let the power of what’s on the inside shape the outside world around you.

You have the power. BUT, you have to use it. 

Comments (5)

  1. Cindy:
    Aug 13, 2019 at 12:13 AM

    "And only you have the power to let love remove fear, to let joy replace anger and to let passion dissolve apathy." Wow Tim what a great line. So true and so empowering. I feel somehow stronger just reading them. Thanks for the very thought provoking wise words.


  2. Kevin:
    Aug 13, 2019 at 03:33 AM

    Thank you. That reminded me of a lot that I had almost forgot.


  3. Tim Anderson:
    Aug 13, 2019 at 05:28 PM

    Thanks for reading guys!


  4. Brent:
    Aug 14, 2019 at 06:25 PM

    Awesome story, love it, and I can absolutely relate to all of those cartoons. I had all the He-man figures and the castle of grayskull! Trying to instill good habits for My son who will join me in OS rocking sitting on my back lol and he loves Popeye (but not spinach so much...)


  5. Tim Anderson:
    Aug 14, 2019 at 06:29 PM

    Brent, I had all those figures too. I didn't have Grayskull, though! Popeye is also a great cartoon/hero. I don't know what lie they were trying to tell about spinach though; at least about spinach from a can! Talk about a kryptonite! Yuck!


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