Although I have been married for 38 years, my husband shared a sweet grade school story I had never heard before. I loved his story of celebrating uniqueness and the satisfaction that can come from living outside the box.
Coloring Santa Claus
His teacher gave all the students in the class a picture of Santa Claus to color. My hubby wanted to color his Santa different than the traditional way so he colored his Santa’s fur red and left Santa’s suit white. When the teacher hung up all the Santas on the wall, all the pictures were colored the same but my husband’s. He was happy his picture stood out as original from the rest of the class. I was impressed he had the confidence to stand in a category of his own at such a young age.
More Love and More Celebrating Uniqueness
I strive not to dwell on “motherly” regrets because I did the best I knew how with the knowledge I had and the capacity of love I had to give at that time. You simply can’t do or give more than your best. However, given the opportunity to mother my children again I would focus a lot more on two things.
- I would shower them with more love and praise.
- I would observe what they are interested in and look for available opportunities to explore and develop their interests and talents.
Importance of acceptance and celebrating uniqueness
The religious culture I grew up in was narrow and limiting so I was following the patterns I was accustomed to as a child. I am so grateful I now understand the importance of acceptance and celebrating uniqueness.
Dream about celebrating uniqueness
I recently wrote a blog about a dream I had that creatively encouraged me to be different and to be true to who I authentically am. If you would like to check it out, click on the provided link above.
The Uniqueness of a large birthmark
I was inspired by Cassandra Naud’s story of “Embracing Uniqueness” while living with a large birthmark on her face.
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