Unique is Spelled Y-O-U!
In this day and age when we have technology which can help us proclaim our individuality, many hide instead. For instance, many people utilize the Internet to write every day about personal doings, preferences, style, etc. These web logs, commonly known as blogs, reach billions each day since there are an estimated 354 million blogs worldwide, this being one of them. Yet, even with such technology, instead of emphasizing individuality, it has made many of us lemmings.
Lemmings are mammals that live as locusts, those winged insects that can strip a habitat bare, wreaking the same destruction to an environment as a plague. The thing about lemmings is that they follow the group without forethought. Thus, the word lemming is also a term used to describe someone who joins a movement without proper consideration.
Generally speaking, human lemmings are one of many, lost in a crowd. The use of the word in this manner describes a person who has forsaken mindfulness. They are living with no originality and have silenced their own voice. It takes courage to be one’s true self, to show our uniqueness to the world.
In his book “The Crown of Individuality” William George Jordan writes: “The supreme courage of life is the courage of the soul. It is living day by day, sincerely – despite all opinions, all obstacles, all opposition. It means the vine of inspiration comes from the crushed grapes of our sorrows.
“This courage makes the simple life great; it makes the greatest life, sublime. It means the royal dignity of fine individual living… Every man [or being] reigns a king [or queen] over … self. He [She] wears the crown of individuality that no hands … can remove.”
Mindfulness reminds us to be our true self, our best self, our highest self, our self victorious. We are all wonderfully created unique – no one better than another, just different, unique and special. A box of crayons all the same color would be boring and dull. Diversity and uniqueness create life. With mindfulness we can break out of the cocoon of sameness and soar above the crowd to discover our own beauty and true life.