(Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan)
In our younger years many of us worked hard to fit in, striving for sameness. Somewhat like a chameleon, we wanted to blend in wherever we went. It felt comfortable—even safe—to be like everyone else.
As we gain life experience, most of us celebrate human difference, equality, and personal choice—not only ours, but that of others.
What does it mean to be meaningfully different—different in a way that makes a positive difference? What does it mean to stand out from the crowd?
Maybe it means to zig when others zag, or to say “no” when others say “yes.” Maybe it means to minimize when others maximize, or to take a stand for something or someone when others remain seated.