Idiosyncrasy

100_1989A peculiarity or difference that makes someone stand out….

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. M Scott Peck

Always show the you in you that makes you the you that you are.  Chidinma Obietikponah       

The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy. Edward G Butler

   Our idiosyncrasies are part of the uniqueness distinguishing us from everyone else. Our differences can be considered good and desirable or bad and undesirable. They can be deemed odd, cute, distasteful or strange.

  Let us start out with the premise that everyone being the same is not good. If normal is considered to be average; is that what we really want? If ‘average’ is defined as being status quo, entrenched in our comfort zone, complacent and satisfied; is it desirable to be a part of this “norm”?  Do we really want to be like others?

   Being different or having idiosyncrasies is not necessarily bad. It requires being different in order to think differently and to do what others will not likely think, go or do. If no one ever does anything any differently, the world stagnates. We do need those that “march to the beat of a different drummer”, those that “dare to be different” and those that “think outside the box.” All of us need to develop our talents and gifts, live up to our potential and add to the common good. We all have something special to bring to the table, something to benefit others. So many of us hide and are too timid and self-conscious to share the real us. We fear our uniqueness.

   There is the ‘quirky’ side of idiosyncrasy; traits and characteristics that really stand out. We may violate social norms and be ‘un-cool.’ We may have a different perspective and a different sense of humor, and unusual characteristics than the average. These differences are what make us what we truly are. These differences may need to be brought out and celebrated rather than ostracized or ridiculed.

    All of us have something special to offer. If we hide our differences and never share them, not only do we ‘stunt’ our developmental growth, the world misses out as well. Think where we would be were it not for the idiosyncrasies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Einstein, Edison, Franklin, Bill Gates and so many others. It is necessary for some of us to be significantly different for the world to grow and develop. We need to recognize and relish our differences. We have to affirm and commit to using our talents and abilities to grow and to become all that we can be. We should not be afraid of being the “us” that is hiding inside.

Challenge:  Do you have difficulties in separating yourself from the norm. Are you committed to personal growth and development? Do you want to be average? Can you commit to being different in order to life up to your potential? Be willing to separate from the ‘average’ and use your uniqueness in good and desirable ways. Dare to become the person who waits to be discovered and start making more of a difference in the world.

Wisdom: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  II Timothy 1:7

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

Now faith is being surer of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The Bible teaches us not to hide our light under a basket or to bury the talents and gifts he has given us. We were individually and uniquely made. He wants us to use our uniqueness to live life fully. He is our loving Heavenly Father and desires nothing but the best for us. What kind of parent would want anything less?  He has made us the way we are for a divine purpose. We need to make ourselves available. He will lead us in the right directions.

Prayer:   Help me to let go and let you make me into what I am capable of being and what you desire me to be.  

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