I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.
~ Elijah Wood
It’s holiday season, that time of year when we hear Christmas music on the radio and in shopping malls. TV channels abound with special shows celebrating holiday cheer, including the classic story of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. But does everyone understand the moral of that particular story?
Rudolph is an underdog, an outcast. He goes from zero to hero as the story unfolds. Imagine getting picked on just because you’re different. Imagine feeling you are nothing special. Just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be understanding.
Don’t question what you don’t understand unless you’re asking questions seeking to understand. ~ Rob Liano
Even though we are born to stand out, there are still many people who don’t realize that being different is a good thing. Why conform? Why try to fit into society as if everyone around us has such A Wonderful Life? (I couldn’t resist).
Obviously Rudolph was made fun of in order to illustrate a point: we should accept others as they are. Was Rudolph really an underdog? No, he was just thought of that way by others in society. He had a unique gift, but he didn’t know what to do with it until the right time arrived. What was at first considered to be a handicap–Rudolph’s glowing, red nose–actually turned out to be an advantage.
Imagine proving everyone wrong when the right opportunity came along.
We can’t always know a person’s purpose upon initially meeting, can we? No. We cannot judge them before they have grown into that purpose. So why do we look down upon those that are different? Where is the compassion in that?
Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling is another beloved children’s story that’s similar to Rudolph’s story. It tells us about a homely little bird born in a barnyard, who also endures abuse from others. That is, until the bird matures into a beautiful swan. But why do we have the belief that beauty makes someone suddenly esteemed or acceptable? What about other more valuable traits, talents or qualities?
We must learn not to judge anyone based on how they initially appear to us: whether they’re different like Rudolph, or they’re beautiful, or they’re an ugly duckling. And we must teach our children that as well. We need to lead by example. Therefore it is important that we never make anyone feel inferior or like an outcast. And we must also never let anyone make us feel that way.
In order to find the true beauty that lies inside of everyone we meet, we must look deeper. In their heart is where you’ll discover their greatest gift. Each of us is unique, yet we have similar struggles and feelings, so we are all connected. Embrace one another. You never know who just might be able to save the world someday, or maybe even save Christmas.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Merry Christmas to all!
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Strategist