My answer to which super-power I would want is…the ability to change others’ self-destructive thoughts.
Since I cannot do that, I can work on my own self-destructive thoughts. Byron Katie has a marvelously simple approach to turn thoughts around: four questions for honest self-interrogation…
A personal thought example: She doesn’t care about anyone except herself.
Is it true? Her actions seem to validate it.
Do I absolutely know it’s true? I can’t know every one of her thoughts. There could be something else going on.
How do I react when I think that thought? Miffed and frustrated.
Who would I be without that thought? More patient and compassionate with her.
The challenge is a willingness to quit judging others by a harsher standard than we use for ourselves.