“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you’er than you.” Dr. Suess
Be the BEAUTIFUL you that you are. You ARE important.
I try to get this message across to 6th graders each day, but in most cases their age and consequent lack of life experience inevitably causes them, just like it caused yours truly at 12, to try to be like others. But, as you’ve heard me say before, that’s a whole other story.
Due to the myriad of mind-boggling (and mind-rewiring) technological advances, our world today is at once smaller and larger, as well as more stimulating than ever before in history. While these advances certainly afford the human race innumerable and distinct avenues for creativity, many of us, and especially young people, may be feeling less than unique, less than worthy, because never before have we had so many people to compare ourselves to!
The Today show recently reported on a “disturbing new trend among teen and tween girls — these young women are posting videos to YouTube and asking viewers to judge whether they’re pretty or ugly.” To me that’s just one appallingly disheartening indicator that for many, their sense of self-worth, uniqueness, significance, and connectedness is taking a whitewater raft ride down Niagara Falls, and we all know how that turns out.
How do we turn this around? One person at a time, just like R. Buckminster Fuller said. As parents, spouses, relatives, teachers, coworkers, friends, and yes, even as strangers, we are each in a unique position every single day to make a difference in the life of another person. We can’t instantly solve everyone’s self worth problems, but no matter our sex, age, status or station in life, if we have a voice, know sign language, or can write, we can reach out in kindness and remind someone else of their value as a unique human being. By carrying out that simple and seemingly insignificant act, we can help change our world, one person at a time.
I can make a difference, simply because I’m me. You can make a difference, simply because you’re you. For just like Dr. Suess said “there is no one alive that is you’er than you!”
Peace and Love