Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Out or In

"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - - Robin Williams

Are you an outsider or an insider? What I mean by that is do you typically feel like you fit in with the crowd or do you always seem to be on the outside looking in?

Truth be told, I have always seen myself in the latter category. And depending on whether one is a half-full or half-empty kind of person, seeing oneself as "different" can be a blessing or a curse.

Cheryl Richardson, one of my favorite teachers, says, "...those who are most successful at living true and meaningful lives generally come from backgrounds where they don't fit in." Being different requires courage and personal strength. Originality runs counter to society's aim of compliance. I wish I would have known that a long time ago. It would have saved me from a lot of misery.

Have you ever noticed that every person who has ever achieved greatness, made an outstanding discovery, changed society in any way, went "against the grain" of common practices?

One thing I'm realizing is that one can be a true original, and still retain a feeling of being part of something greater. Just last week I discovered Facebook and I'm having a ball expanding my world.

For those of you unfamiliar, you can check it out at the link above. For the rest of you, let's have some fun together.

1 comment:

Carolyn Burns Bass said...

Facebook is the fullment of Marshall McLuhan's promise of a Global Village. Isn't it great to be a part of?