Superhero of Alignment: Idiot Ned
I’ve named Pollyanna as one of my thought ninja heroes because of how she’s able to find a good thought no matter the situation (via her “glad game”).
But her modern day match has to be Ned from the movie Our Idiot Brother.
In the first ten minutes we meet him, Ned shows us these qualities:
- assumes the best in others; is generous and caring (when he gives marijuana to a uniformed police officer)
- doesn’t hold grudges and can make friends anywhere (he gives and receives lots of well-wishes when he leaves jail)
- accepts and allows (doesn’t fight his girlfriend who replaced him while he was gone and won’t give his dog back)
And it just gets better from there, as Ned demonstrates an exceptional ability to be present, to expect good things, to naturally make the best of any situation, to count his blessings, to pass personal tests of integrity, to support others, to have fun, to maintain authenticity, to not worry or complain no matter what – Ned is a superhero of alignment!
Ned’s approach to life is this:
“I like to think that if you put your trust out there, if you really give people the benefit of the doubt and see their best intentions – they’re gonna want to live up to it. It doesn’t always work out, but more often than not people will rise to the occasion.”
I think many of us would do well to embrace the habits and attitude exhibited by our “idiot brother.” I, for one, aim to be as good as Ned at assuming the best in others, having a good time anywhere and being able to go with the flow.
If you get a chance to see the movie, I think you’ll enjoy how well Ned models the traits that support powerful deliberate creation.
And if you’ve got recent examples of thought masters, please share!