December 16

Today's quotation:

This, I believe, is the great Western truth:  that each of us
is a completely unique creature and that, if we are ever
to give any gift to the world, it will have to come out
of our own experience and fulfillment of our own
potentialities, not someone else's.

Joseph Campbell

Today's Meditation:

How beautiful is our uniqueness!  How wonderful are the completely individual and unique gifts that we can give to this world of ours and the people and other creatures in it!  One of the most amazing advantages of our current world is the way that we all have opportunities for giving to the world, in many different ways, via any of a multitude of different routes.  Had I been born even 100 years ago, I would not have had nearly as many chances for contributing to this world as I do now--my world would have consisted of a small home on a small plot of land or in a large city, and I probably would have stayed completely anonymous to all but my own little world.

Today we all have a chance to contribute to the world.  Today we have many chances to use the gifts and talents that we have to make a difference in the lives of others, often in the lives of complete strangers.  Today more people than ever have access to education and training that can help them to reach goals that never would have been possible yesteryear, and these are truths that could and should have a profound impact upon our lives.

No longer do people need to live vicariously through the child, the brother, the sister, or even the friend down the street who "beats the odds" and becomes a doctor or lawyer or athlete or entertainer.

You are a very beautiful, completely unique creature who has amazing potential to help others and to contribute to the world.  You are--this is simply the truth.

So what are you going to do about that?

Questions to consider:

What are your strongest gifts?  How do you use them?

Does everyone recognize and appreciate their own uniqueness?  Why might someone not do so?

What kind of contribution can you make to the world today?

For further thought:

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. . . And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!

Anne Frank


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