Saturday, November 27, 2010
If God wanted copies then he would have made us cookie cutter cut outs
Wisdom is the ability to discern difference. The difference in anything. The difference in us. Most people spend so much of their time and energy trying to be like others. Your similarity to another brings you comfort, but your difference from another is where your true greatness lies. When celebrated. Not every gift talent or skill will be celebrated in every environment, but there is a place where it will be. They've never erected a statue or given the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who did the same as everyone else. It was a person who thought different and then had the courage to act different. They did something rare and unique. Rare and unique things are usually precious and highly valued. The difference in successful people and others is simply successful people have celebrated themselves and their uniqueness. They have believed in themselves and their gifts. They have gone after their dreams, stood for what they believed, celebrated their own gifts/abilities and put their individual creativity into whatever they do. If God wanted copies then he would have made us cookie cutter cut outs. The better you know yourself, the closer you are to finding new and amazing gifts and abilities inside. Go down roads you never have gone down. Read books you normally wouldn't pick up. Listen to mentors who are successful and don't think exactly like you. Paint that first oil painting, start that business, take those classes. Sometimes it's just about the journey. What you discover on the way. If you stay in the same place doing the same things around the same people, you will probably be in the same place next year. Go out on a limb, that's where the fruit is.