What do YOU have in common with a stone on the beach?
Have you ever wandered along a beach and suddenly a specific stone or a group of stones catch your eye?
Perhaps you recognise how many different looking stones you are walking over or see that one area of the beach is completely free of stones and the next area covered? So why are these stones all different? Perhaps one, or all of the following spring to mind:
I began thinking about this on my recent visit to the seaside and these questions sprung to mind as a parallel metaphor to help explain why we, as human beings are all, unique.
Bear with me…
Imagine a cliff erodes and falls into the sea. What happens to all those fragments? They fall into the ocean and over a long period of time get worn down by the waves and other stones. They may be split or change shape and get spread around the world by tides and currents.
Similarly for human beings…
even if there are two genetically identical babies born, they will have different experiences of the world through upbringing and interactions with others and incidents. A significant part of who that person becomes will be formed through their experience of life, the same way that a stone changes over time. The core of the stone and the core of the human will, in most instances remain intact but where they end up and how they get there will be different for everyone.
This is why each & every human being and each & every stone (found naturally) on the beach are, unique.
All of these play a role in who we are today. All of these are the reason we are unique in this world. So why do we judge ourselves and each other because we are ‘different’? If, when walking along a beach and happen to notice the diversity of the stones the common reaction is one of curiosity or wonder?
How do we get to a point of wonder when looking at ourselves in the mirror and celebrate our own uniqueness?
How do we stop worrying about our differences and step out from the shadows to live the most fulfilling form of our life and contribute what we feel good about? How can your own uniqueness be your own personal super-power (as it is the thing that only you have)?
We are all on our own journey in life and if you are now thinking how best to answer any of the questions in this article then please reach out to me for a free of change, sample session to see how coaching will help you unlock your power.
Additionally, I challenge you next time you walk along at the beach or in a park to find a stone which represents you and post it on my linked in page with a short explanation. Here’s mine…
I found this stone and thought it summed me up pretty well because: