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Platypus

April 18, 2013
Rod Scott

Rod Scott

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»         Ability to remain unique
»         Value of remaining as you are
»         Ability to rear young differently

Our culture provides constant messages to conform. We are bombarded with ads and peer pressure to fit in. As a counter action, we might rebel and act differently just to be unusual. The true challenge is determine how to be authentic.

We are each unique, as much as we are each the same. It’s an odd concept but we know it’s true. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon with everyone, we can assess a situation and decide if it’s right for us. Maybe we see the value of cameras with instantaneous photos and being linked electronically 24/7 to everyone we know. Perhaps we’d prefer some privacy or the artistic value of using f-stops and shutter speeds. We don’t have to go with everyone thoughtlessly.

Similarly, our families are unique. They may look superficially like others, or not, but they each have their own quirks and history. We can search through the traits and pick ones that support and honor our family members, regardless of what the culture as a whole believes. We may hug more than others; we may speak other languages; we may celebrate other holidays. We can choose to cherish and nurture these identifying characteristics and pass then along.

What is unique about your family and how are you keeping it alive?

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10 Comments
  1. Jim permalink

    » Ability to remain unique
    » Value of remaining as you are
    » Ability to rear young differently

    I plead guilty to all of the above. 😉

  2. Thank you for this reminder of the message of the platypus. I and my two youngest daughter’s have the ability to remain unique. We each have our own unique person. The rest of my family is conformative, but are valued anyway for just being who they are. I like to think that I raised all three of my daughter’s to be their own unique selves, but it seemed to not resonate in my oldest daughter. From the time she was 16, and up until now at the age of 35, she is very much a conformist. Yes, lots of history in our family. 🙂
    #1234
    A to Z April Blogging Challenge
    .http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/p-is-for-pandora/

    • It’s a challenge to raise children and we must remember: our children are not our children, they are the sons and the daughters of life longing for itself. …You can give them your love, but not your thoughts. they have have their own thoughts. …

  3. Lovely post Beth thank you! Each family is unique in their way I guess. Ours is unique in that our sons both chose an artistic path as opposed to a professional one e.g. doctor, accountant etc. That was where their bliss lay and we were happy for them to travel that path, tricky it may be but thankfully they are both doing well! They are happy and this is all that counts …
    Susan Scott’s Soul Stuff

  4. Elise Fallson permalink

    Accepting who we are and embracing everything that makes us unique.
    I think that’s a wonderful message. (:

    A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson

  5. I love your blog! An adorable animal picture AND some food for thought! 🙂

    Have fun with a-z.

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