“I am Groot”

“I am Groot.”  3 words, 1 phrase: changes everything.  The most selfless super hero I’ve ever encountered was just introduced tonight in the Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy.  This was my first view of the flick and I was very pleasantly surprised by it overall.  Despite the late 80’s comedy and great soundtrack, I want to focus this post on Groot, the tree-like galaxy creature that played a vital role on the team that was Guardians of the Galaxy.  See, on multiple occasions, Groot demonstrated an ability to be completely selfless and save his team in the most dire of situations.  He was able to do so without any expectation of reward or thoughts of grandeur.  How can I tap into this skill set?  How can YOU tap into this skill?  How can all of us tap into this skill set?  He had all the desirable qualities: strength, wisdom, and women love him (at least the two in the room that I was watching it with, 1 being my girlfriend Dani).  He never did anything over the top, yet he was action oriented and kept his poise at all times. As I reflect on Groot, and his sacrifice at the end of the flick, I come to realize how impacting the quietest character can be.  This tree-like organism knew his place perfectly (if you can even call it a his…) and played the role in the super-human team that triumphed over the enemy.  Speaking from my Leo personality, it is so easy to get caught up in being the main character and to identify with the protagonist – yet when I watch a character like Groot, I’m inspired to be more selfless and to be the best character I can be in my own capacity.  I know this has nothing to do with coding or JavaScript like my previous posts, however doesn’t it make you question who you might be in the teams you’re a part of?  Let’s all consume a little more chlorophyll and become more Groot-like in the teams we participate in, sans expectation and judgement.  We can be certain that our other teammates will see us as valuable and crucial pieces in the end, for better or for worse.  Here’s to Groot! You fun-loving, root-growing example.