Permission to be Different

I’ve never been one to follow a crowd or “do” what everyone else does. I know this may come as a shocker to some, but I’ve never seen an entire episode of the Simpsons nor was I a fan of The New Kids on the Block. 

Here is Your Permission to be Different

I’ve always been somewhat of a dreamer, goal setter, entrepreneur type. I would make signs and hang them on my bedroom door just in-case someone wanted to rent a “library book” from me. I made paper dolls out of old magazines and played for hours. I also played with dolls on my back deck for much longer than your average little girl. My favorite Sunday morning thing to do after church, was circle open houses and look in the Sunday news at all of the job openings. People, I could not make this stuff up.

I share this with you as a key to my inside world. A world filled with the building of stories and making things happen. So often as adults we are afraid to be “different“. We want what our neighbor has, the bigger house, the nicer car, the bigger boat, and “cooler” clothes. We are left feeling unsettled. We want different results but fear really being “different“. Going against the norm looks scary. It overwhelms us and we freeze! 

All while simultaneously, we are quick to encourage independence, self confidence, and uniqueness to our children. We want for our children that which we feel we can’t achieve. The unthinkable, the unimaginable, the unbelievable dreams; the kind that leave the nay-Sayers watching in awe and wonder. 

The truth is, I venture to say deep down most of us at some time have felt a bit “different”. I’m here to tell you “that’s OK”! It is OK to be unique in every way imaginable. Be you! Be great! To be different is to think different, and that ultimately will yield a “different” outcome than those around.

What does different look like to you? 

   
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Accept Failure Take Action Anyway

This space on Fridays has been saved for those days I can seem to muster up some extra writing energy. It is a space that I write freely for “5 Minutes unedited”  on a given prompt by my friend Lisa-Jo. It is a time to practice my art and share with others. Hope you will join me!

Go… Today’s word “willing” 
Dreaming is easy; but, being willing to act is not quite so. 
We dream of the what if’s, we feel the emotions as if it were real, that constant stirring of our inner most spirit. We long to express our deepest thoughts; yet, we continue to keep them bottled up inside. 
A bottle bursting at the seems waiting to be shaken and spew all that it contains. 
We wait, and wait! Then eventually, building the courage we start to leak. The dreams that keep us going. Let me encourage you to start leaking..
Take those next steps to action. 
Be willing to take risks
Be willing to fail
Be willing to struggle along the way
Expect frustration and moments of a well run dry. 
Keep going…leak your dreams today..act.. and be willing to accept the outcome regardless of what it was meant to be. 
So often it’s not the destination that matters most but the journey that got us there. Be willing to take action and fail along the way. It will only make you stronger.

Stop….

What is Success?

I’m blogging today over at “Keystone Ministry” about success. Come join me. 
How do you spell success?
What does success look like to you?

“My prayer for you today is that you will do what you wish you had done yesterday; make a difference, achieve success, and live the life God intended you to live.” (Tweet This)