Here’s a pop quiz to see if you’ve been paying attention.
Name one thing that is the only one of its kind in all the history of the world.
The answer? You. You are a one and only.
This is absolutely, undeniably true. There has never been another person in all the world exactly like you. And there never will be.
As Leonard Cohen put it:
“I wonder if my finger prints get lonely in the crowd. There are no others like them, and that should make them proud.”
This means, of course, that you are needed in this world. But you are needed…to be you. The world doesn’t need you to be just like everyone else.
After all, you’ve got a place to fill that no one else can fill. And if you don’t fill it…it won’t get filled.
As Jim Croce, sang:
“Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name…and I carry it with me like my daddy did.”
This week, take some quiet moments to pay attention to your uniqueness. Reflect on what’s unique about you…appreciate your uniqueness…maybe take yourself out to dinner to celebrate!
Then look for something unique in someone else. Tell them what you see and why you appreciate that.
(Think how surprised they’ll be!)
Finally, remember Oscar Wilde’s words:
“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”