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Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 11 Challenge: Love your Weirdness

it's ok to stand out
 Late start today, but since you're with yourself all day long you should be able to work this one in.
Today I want you to take a loving look at your unique Eunice.  Er-- you-ness.
While we are much more alike than we are different, we are also like snowflakes in our sometimes subtle, sometimes remarkable differences.  I've used Kingsolver's (or was it Pollen's?) analogy about this before.  Any given ear of corn (or apple) contains seeds with disparate aspects.  One seed might thrive in a short hot summer, one in a cold long one, one in wet conditions and one in drought.  While their aspects may not be helpful in the short-term, they are essential for the long-term survival of the species involved.

branching out
We're like this too-- we bring into the world a mix of genetic quirks that make us one-of-a-kind.  Some of the specific quirks may not work too well in specific situations, yet enrich others.  Monet's cataracts may not have made reading much fun, but brought beauty to the world through his particular vision. 

Sometimes what we perceive as undesirable is only so within a limited scope of understanding.  My friend Sebi recently shared this old classic about finding where we belong and our traits are loved.

delightful different rushed eggleston
What's in your dealt hand?  What is your weirdness?  How is it useful, at least in times?  Can you love it?  Even if you can't, it's part of the absolute recipe for all of you.

Related blogs:  Standing alone in a crowd
Hey Weirdo-- Yeah, You.
Strangers in Strange Lands

Quote of the day:  (forgive the sexist language-- he's old)
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. - Friedrich Nietzsche

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