When I was doing some spring cleaning yesterday (not because it’s spring but because it was suddenly a lot more appealing than working on the income tax), I came across this quote by Gracie Allen, of all people,
Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use it.
I don’t know about cheating the world, but I would have cheated myself if I hadn’t developed some of my deepest interests and talents. That’s why part of my motto is
Find what you love to do and find a way to share it with others.
Then I read this quote by Barbara de Angelis in Grannymar’s recent Sunday One Liners,
No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
I have trouble with the word “special”, because it usually means better and greater rather than just different, but I do like the part about having something unique to offer and the idea of we’re all worthy of respect.
I was intrigued by Schmidleysscribbling’s comment about the quote,
Here’s to special. And here’s to togetherness. Always in conflict they are.
Do you agree with that comment? Do you think it has to be? Certainly a lot of people can’t tolerate people who are different than themselves — they think in terms of better and worse rather than different. Do you think that necessarily means conflict? It seems to me the best course of action, assuming one isn’t stuck, is to move on to find kindred spirits elsewhere. What do you think?
March 24, 2015