Forced, Fake or Fabulous?

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Hi… me again.

If you have been reading my blog any length of time at all you know that I love a good quote.

I am impressed when someone can make a simple twist on words and capture a powerful thought.

I consider a quote particularly good if it causes me pause, I tilt my head in curiosity like a dog hearing a strange noise, and hear myself automatically go humm as I ponder the meaning.

The quote that tilted my head today was the following.

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You laugh at me because I am different, but I laugh at you because you are all the same.

- Jonathan Davis

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Hummm…?

Now this quote may not trip your trigger at all.  You too may have liked the quote or you could be just sitting there in the blue glow of your computer going huh? instead of Humm.

If you’re going huh?, that’s completely ok.  The fact is, there are quotes that strike you as brilliant that would make my head implode.

That’s the wonderful beauty of our world… we’re different… and thank goodness.

There is something deeper we need to take a closer look at.  The quote is only half the learning.  The real insight comes with the natural questions that follow.

Why does this quote move me?  What about the message strikes me?

This is where the gold is found.

For me, the quote strikes an important chord … that of being ordinary.  I don’t want to be ordinary.

I want to be different… just like everyone else.

I’m not trying to be funny with the last statement, just trying make a point.  I do believe it is important that we find who we are and be okay with the fact that it may mean we are a bit different.

I find it kind of amusing that there are those kids who shy away from what they consider to be the boring mainstream because they desire to be unique and end up all looking the same.

That is not a judgment about them or the position they choose, I am just making the point that we all fall into groups that have similarities.

I have a pretty good feel for who and what I am.  And yes, I like to be different.

But if you saw me walking down the street I wouldn’t necessarily stand out from the crowd… except of course for my devilish good looks, boyish charm and Statue of David physique.

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Side Note: When my wife reads the last sentence she will fall off her chair laughing hysterically… because I never go walking on the street.

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It gets messy when people have no idea who they are or what they believe.  If not careful they just end up flowing with the stream they’re around them that has the strongest current.

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You got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

-         Yogi Berra

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So the next time you read a quote and it stops you… be willing to take a closer look at the “why”.  You’ll learn a lot about yourself.

If you are honest with the answer to your questions you will find out if you are forced, fake or simply fabulous.

See you on Thursday.

Ciao.

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