Superhero of Alignment: Idiot Ned

Superhero of AlignmentI’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!

  • January 23, 2013
  • Marquina says:

    LOVED that movie!!! I know everyone thought Ned was an idiot, but I really liked that guy. He didn’t have much, pretty much lost everything he had, but still he managed to stay positive, and still he managed to follow his heart and do the things he liked. His gremlins existed outside his head in the forms of his sisters. Kind of reminded me of a modern-day version of the movie, “Harvey”, starring Jimmy Stewart. Except Stewart’s sister was trying to get him committed. Really liked that guy, too. 🙂

  • Leah says:

    I am watching it again right now! He is an awesome character study… 🙂 lb

  • Anna says:

    I was struck by his incredible way of being as well – Superhero is right! Loved it so much I watched it twice in a row!

  • julie masters says:

    I LOVED that movie! It also made me aware of how often I perhaps edit my Pollyanna and “Nedish” self, because I worry about being considered an “idiot”!! 🙂 Editing less and less all the time!

  • Sue says:

    This really got my attention. Made me think how often I don’t think the best especially as a business person and deaing with customers. It’s way easier to think, they’re not gonna buy, they’re pinching pennies …….or whatever the negative. How better to develop a chant like ” everyone just loves coming here”. Thanks for the perfect reminder Jeanette.

  • Carolyn says:

    Reminds me of the quote (not sure by whom) that says…”Assume the best and you will inspire it.”

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