“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” – Jim Hightower
Daily Nugget of Gold 1536
There are many qualities which are known about what helps make people successful. There are self-help books overflowing out of the bookstores- actual and virtual- which provide laundry lists of qualities the successful among us have. We got to thinking recently about what one quality would probably matter more than any other and we’ve begun to see that perhaps unabashed individuality might just be that one thing that’s more important than most.
Yes, fearlessness is very important, but it plays a crucial role in the preservation of individuality. Every day there are going to be people withholding their approval from us if we don’t act a certain way, do the things they find worthy, or whatever. When we submit to the gentle emotional blackmail of societal acceptance, we begin to become more average, more bland.
It’s probably true that one of the first signs we exhibit that we’ve bought into the pressure to conform is possibly the quest for more and better material things without attending to the detail of being truly happy in whatever we do, whenever we do it. Every thing in which we are involved is a fresh opportunity for us to do whatever the thing is with our own style and uniqueness imprinted on it. If we reach for the monetary rewards without enjoying all the moments before we get there, we are likely fooling ourselves as to how we feel once we achieved what we set out to do.
We’re not saying to do things only the way that you see fit, however. There are always going to be opportunities where we can harmonize with others as we seek common goals, but we are saying to allow yourself to be you in all that you do. We think that on of the best ways we can be okay with this is to remember to grant everyone else the freedom to be what they want to be. The person we limit when we judge another isn’t them, it’s us.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I weave my own unique existence into all that I do?”
Copyright 2016 Kevin Littleton, all rights reserved.