Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Individuality

We live in a society that constantly dictates who and what we should be. We are sold a bill of goods we can never measure up to. We are told we are never thin enough, never rich enough, never pretty enough, never smart enough. In fact, we are told we will never be as good as “them”. Our media preys upon our feelings of inadequacy, feeds us role models of celebrity that focus only on the worldly aspects of life and who measure their own self-esteem by what they can afford to buy. When we then hold our standards to such a level we fail in our attempts to measure up, to be like “them”, as if being ourselves is not an option.
To wish we were someone else is to waste who we are. There is no one individual like you, no one. You are a one-of-a-kind unique creation that should be celebrated for being just who you are. We tend to focus on our inadequacies, our faults, our shortcomings, and certainly we can always improve ourselves. But first, we must believe in ourselves. We must embrace who we are as a matchless human being and take pleasure in our individuality.
Psalms 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
In other words, God don’t make no junk. Celebrate your uniqueness, your own voice, your own contributions to life. Billie Holliday said it best when she said, “If I’m going to sing like someone else, then I don’t need to sing at all.”
Raise your voice and sing on!
Vickie

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