Part of the human journey is a constant struggle between wanting to fit in, and wanting to be valued because of our unique value.
I guess that’s one of the things that makes life interesting.
But what makes you unique? It can come from several places:
- You have value just because you exist. Every single person is important.
- You have a unique story. You have a different upbringing, your own developmental path.
- You’re travelling your life journey with a certain set of people: family, friends, and work colleagues.
- You’ve acquired some skills and abilities which become part of your gift back to the world, even your mission in life.
This is all very philosophical. Why should you care? Because your ultimate satisfaction with your life comes from making a difference.
But it’s a difference relative to your own goals, aspirations, and life purpose. I might make an impact on the world if I became a top boxer, but I have no desire to go that direction. No particular skills, interest, and certainly no dedication.
My challenge has been to try to express my own unique purpose in a way which resonates with my deepest sense of who I am, and that I can communicate to someone else. I try to complete this statement: “I’m different from EVERYbody else because I …”
It’s hard, but the journey to discover myself is intriguing and powerful. When I get a glimpse of what my uniqueness might be – it seems to come and go – I am always challenged and inspired by the thoughts it creates.
How are you unique? Or, how might you WANT to be unique?
by Carl Dierschow