The Bible tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14) and indeed there are no carbon copies of me, you or anyone else. Even identical twins aren’t definitively identical. We wear our peculiarities as evidence of the environments to which we have adjusted; like childhood, school, college, marriage, the workforce and in-law families. These unique qualities distinguish us from others and constitute our character, people identify us by the different characteristics we present to the world.
While personality remains reasonably stable over life, character evolves as we acquire enduring and distinctive qualities that set us apart from the masses. Our tall-poppy slashing culture allows us little opportunity to celebrate our uniqueness thereby making us a cohort of conformists. If we are embarrassed by certain qualities then we run the risk of hiding. When we celebrate our individuality we are closer to living life with authenticity which is living life with honesty and openness and transparency. Each of us has quirks and idiosyncrasies worth celebrating.
We were never meant to live our lives the way others live theirs and the most brutal thing we do ourselves is to try and be like others. We lose our unique edge when we fall into comparison, envy and follow trends or philosophies not in synch with our core values and beliefs.
So what makes me unique ?
- I know what I’m here for
- My personality
- My beliefs and values
- My spirituality
- My aspirations (I have a dream; actually I have several)
- My attitude
- My voice
- My genetic predispositions
- My heritage
- How I apply my skill set is like no other.
How about you? What makes you unique? Please don’t become tied up in the pedantics of what is a characteristic. Let this flow and allow yourself to enjoy the process.