I read this a week or so ago:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”
~ Martha Graham, American dancer and choreographer (1894-1991)
I am unique. My mind, the way I look at the world, the way I string a sentence together and form my letters, my thoughts and feelings and the way I choose (or not) to express them: these are all ever-so-slightly different to every other human being. And so I must remember that I have something to offer the world. We all must, because we all do. And I must remember that keeping my Me-ness, my unique contribution, all to myself is actually selfish – it is denying the world something that, just maybe, it can use. Something that, hopefully, makes the world a better place. What I have to offer will never exist through any other medium so every chance I pass up to be me causes that life force, that vitality – and that tiny, individual capacity to make the world a better place – to be lost.
I think it wouldn’t hurt for all of us to remember that.
As the wonderful Dr Seuss put it: Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Let’s celebrate our Us-ness, shall we?