On Being Special

Published February 9, 2014 by Vida Caramela

I wish all people could accept themselves, no matter how different they are from others.

I wish all people could accept others, no matter how different they are from themselves.

I wish all people could concentrate on self improvement instead of criticizing others.

I wish all people could love with their heads as well as their hearts.

I wish all people could focus on what unites us rather that focusing on the things that divide us.

I wish all people could honor the fact that everyone was born with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I wish all people could celebrate diversity instead of trying to stamp it out.

I wish all people could stop recycling and reusing intolerance, and just throw it out for good.

I wish all people could value justice and integrity more than they value wealth and power.

If all these wishes came true, would that take us one step closer to being the same, not very unique, or “special”? Or would it allow us more space for individuality?

If by nature we are already so unique in so many ways, couldn’t we choose to be the same in ways that make it easier for us to be special?

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