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Is Conforming to Society Necessary?
Richard Branson, the renowned adventurer and founder of Virgin Records, Airlines, Phones, and more, has a special affinity for this quote. He expressed, “Think of a role model. Are they ‘ordinary’? Think of someone you deeply admire. Are they ‘average’? Highly unlikely. Each person should aspire to be exceptional. The world is composed of extraordinary individuals. Don’t waste your time trying to be ordinary. I’ve always been unique, like a square peg in a round hole, and I embrace it.”
Embracing Your Uniqueness
A timeless quote by Dr. Seuss… We have prominently displayed this quote in our dining room because it serves as a reminder that despite the tens of thousands of people who visit our center every year, each individual is priceless. To quote Dr. Seuss once more, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is more ‘youer’ than you.”
You might wonder if it’s possible for you to stand out in the same way as an eccentric millionaire like Richard Branson or a famous author like Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss’ real name). However, upon reflection, “standing out” is just another way of saying “outstanding.” We interpret the quote as a reminder that everyone has a unique purpose, and each of us possesses the potential to be exceptional in a way that only we can be.
It’s important to acknowledge the societal pressure to conform. It is natural and exceedingly common to worry that if people truly knew us, if we dared to stand out, they might not like what they see. Nobody enjoys feeling foolish or unaccepted.
Be Yourself – There’s No One Else Like You!
As members of The Salvation Army, a Christian organization, we believe that our purpose and identity stem from being created by God, in God’s image, and being loved by God. You may have noticed that we often don peculiar uniforms, and as if that weren’t conspicuous enough, we delight in performing lively brass band music in public spaces.
Just like Richard Branson, we don’t concern ourselves with being “normal.” We exude an overwhelming joy derived from the love of Jesus Christ, and we want to share it with the world!
However, you may discover an entirely different way to stand out in your own unique manner. In the Bible, King David declares, “I praise you, God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are marvelous, and I know this very well.” (Psalm 139:14)
Embrace Your Uniqueness – Stand Out with Confidence
So don’t be afraid to either be outstanding or simply stand out in your own way. God loves you, believes you are extraordinary, and has designed you to achieve incredible things.
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