The one and only original
It is incredible to consider that in any snowfall, every flake is different. While there are obvious and hidden differences and similarities, there is also the uniqueness, the part that sets apart.
The uniqueness of God as a one and only being is mirrored in many different parts of His creation. Snow is one, as we have just discussed, and humanity is another. We're similar and we're different. Two pairs of matching bookends, different as night and day. Our talents, gifts, and abilities make us the perfect choice for one task, not so good for another. But the one thing we are most excellent at is being ourselves. We make a first rate us and a second rate anybody else.
In the early part of the century, a filmmaker left his hometown to be a director in a major Hollywood studio. None of the studios was interested, however. Out of patience and money, the man went and made the kind of films he knew how to make. He and his brother started a studio and created a successful series, which impressed the distributor so much he ordered eleven more episodes. This man ended up losing that series to the distributor, but that didn't stop Walt Disney, because by then he knew his niche. On the way home from the court fight over the first series, he dreamed up another series about a mouse and the rest is history. All this confusion and sorrow he had known earlier eventually led to a success he could never dream at the time. And all because he went to his known strong point.
A great composer was approached by a young music student named George, who wanted to understudy him, be his apprentice. The elder musician consented, but advised against it. "You'd be a second rate -------- when you could be a first rate Gershwin", he said.
Confidence has its place, obviously, but the attitude needs holding that no one has anything but what the Creator, God, has given. The unique blend of attributes that make up you makes for a no less unique expression of talent in whatever area it exists. Finding that area takes a studied assessment of abilities, discussion with a close friend who knows you well, and a teachable spirit.
So, when you read a biography about someone notable that you like and favor in some area, read to your heart's content. Follow the good examples you see, and you'll learn a lot, but don't be a clone, a carbon copy. Be the one and only original you.
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Good advice, especially for those without confidence who want to be like someone else.
I learned this lesson from my young, late niece Katie. I've written here about her often. She died in 2006 at the age of 16 in a horrible fiery car accident. Her myspace page is still active and her friends still leave messages for her there. In the bio section, she says that she will never walk in another's path-she wants to make one of her own. And she did!! She ran circles around everyone and what an inspiration she was! And still is, even though she's gone. God intended for all of us to be original. We can all be inspired by others but we should never try to actually 'be' them. We must be who God made us to be. Maybe we're supposed to inspire someone else to be their very best, not a clone. Very good article. Beth