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On Being Deliciously Different

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When I think back to grade school, I remember how hard my friends and I tried to be and look the same. We would call each other before school started, with our matching Farrah Fawcett feathered hair, and see if our friends would wear the same exact outfit to school. My best friend and I had matching light blue Dittos with a matching blue shirt (it had a hippo in the bathtub on it??!!). We loved it when people would mistake us for twins (looking back they must of been pulling our legs, because we couldn’t even pass as fraternal twins!). Somehow we knew, being different was not okay.

Some thirty odd years later, that same friend and I are different. We live in different parts of the country, have different religious and spiritual perspectives, have very different careers and now, somehow, our differences are okay. We now appreciate (most of) those differences.

If we’d all give up the “Pygmalion Project” (My Fair Lady reference!) maybe we could all start to appreciate the gifts that we all bring to the table. All of us have something to offer. While wanting to be the same may be a normal psychological Eriksonian “Group Identity” developmental stage, let's all allow our children and the adults in our lives to be deliciously different and march to their/our own drummer without ridicule.

I love the quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Sameness rarely contains genius (does it ever?!).

Let’s all try to commit to embracing those who are different. After all, we are all part of the holographic whole!

Kids Who Are Different
by Digby Wolfe

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids who don't always get A’s,
The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers,
And noses that go on for days...

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids they call crazy or dumb,
The kids who don’t fit, with the guts and the grit,
Who dance to a different drum...

Here’s to the kids who are different,
The kids with the mischievous streak,
For when they have grown, as history’s shown,
It’s their difference that makes them unique.

I am psychically embracing all of you who feel different or who have “different” people in your lives!!!

Love, Warm Acceptance and Blessings!


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