The Uniqueness of Uniqueness


We are all unique, in almost every way. From our DNA, to our fingerprints, our eyes, our hair, our personality, our dreams and desires – our uniqueness defines who we are.

Funnily enough, uniqueness is completely ubiquitous, it is present throughout the universe. Everything in the universe is unique. There are no two snowflakes, no two grains of sand, no two clouds in the sky that are exactly the same.

Even manufactured items produced by machines with incredible precision, and which may appear uniform at first glance, contain small differences – albeit microscopic – that make them ultimately unique.

I find this infinite variation in our universe awe-inspiring. Everything should be appreciated for its unique beauty in its own time and place.

The fleeting manner in which we encounter so many elements in our lives – the uniqueness of the human experience – should make it even more precious. Whether it’s a friendship which makes a difference when you need it, a chance moment that pushes your life in a new direction, or the simple crunch of leaves under foot on a crisp autumn day, our lives are filled with uniqueness every single day.

And of course, each day is unique in its own way. We can be guilty sometimes of forgetting this; it can be too easy to forget the unique awesomeness that each day brings, and the endless possibilities contained within it.

It can be easy to brush aside a day as just another day – the same, hum-drum, monotony. We wish away the days so we can get to the weekend or the next holiday, when we can feel alive!

To truly appreciate the gift of the possible, to embrace the uniqueness of our lives, of our experiences and of our potential, we have to take ownership for what can be done, what could happen, what we make possible.

Every day, month and year of your life offers unique opportunities to live life on your terms, to seek happiness and fulfilment. It doesn’t mean it’s easy, but what other option have you got?

Something as unique as your life shouldn’t be wasted, wished away or spent in a rut of unhappiness. Do what you want. Live your life. Be you.

Embrace your uniqueness.

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Have You Ever Kissed Money?


During a recent trip to Mexico City, I found myself stuck in stationary traffic – it’s something that happens quite frequently in Mexico City. As I sat there I noticed a man washing the windscreens of the cars as they slowly crawled along. For every car that accepted his services he received a coin in payment. Although the amounts given to him seemed to vary, they always appeared small. Nonetheless, he kissed each coin before putting it in his pocket.

It made me realise that I’ve never kissed money; I’ve never felt the need to. It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the money I have, but it made me realise that gratitude often depends on certain thresholds.

I can easily pour away a glass of water that I’m not going to finish drinking, but imagine how grateful I would be for that water if I was stranded in a desert?

Farmers in many developed countries are forced to dump tons of vegetables before they ever make it to the shelves of our supermarkets, just because they are the wrong shape! Imagine how grateful we would be for any food, regardless of its shape, if we were starving.

Let’s face it, there is a huge variance in circumstances throughout the world. Some have more, a great many have less.

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Happy ‘Now’, Not Happy ‘When’


It’s that time of year again, that ‘back to reality’ moment after the Christmas and New Year holiday break. Many people around the world are making resolutions for the new year, and a great many of them will be about getting healthier, losing weight, finding a new job…

A lot of the time we make these resolutions because we’re not happy; we’re unhappy with our weight or body shape, we’re unhappy with our job, we’re unhappy with the amount of food and drink consumed over the holidays.

Unfortunately many of these resolutions fail. There are many reasons for this, but one of the key ones is that we believe we will be happy when we achieve our resolution. We believe we will be happy when we hit our weight target, or when we get a new job, or when we’ve got through a month without drinking or eating to excess.

To give yourself the best chance of achieving your goal it is important to be happy now, not happy when.

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The Least You Could Do


Have you heard about the new Prayer app for your mobile device?

It’s great, whenever you need to pray to God you just click on the app. Or, if it’s a really important prayer, you can simply tell the app how many prayers you want – one click can equal 10,000 prayers.

The app will also connect with your camera, so that you can take pictures of those in need in the hope that you can get them some ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ on Facebook or, if you’re really lucky, maybe even get them trending on Twitter.

How simple is that? How easy and accessible?

You can pray on the go, no need for a church! No need to clasp your hands together – you don’t even need to believe in God!

Obviously, and thankfully, there is no such application. However, I see on a regular basis Facebook posts of desperate situations that tell me to like or share the post ‘equals a thousand prayers’ and that ‘scrolling past is a heartless act’. Of course, scrolling past is not a heartless act, in the same way that ‘liking’ or ‘reposting’ a status does not equal a thousand prayers.

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Getting Old(er)…

Today is my birthday. Today I begin a new year in my life and embrace a new age.

I’ve always been curious why we attach extra significance to so-called ‘special’ birthdays –  such as 21, 30, 40, 50. For some this can be a source of stress and anxiety…

Am I where I wanted to be at this point in our life?
Have I achieved the success I wanted?
Am I in the job I want to be in?

As well as being causes for celebration, birthdays can remind us of the inevitable sense of ‘time running out’. The clichéd ‘sands of time’ passing through the hour-glass. It can give a sense that we have less time to do what we want. In turn this can make it feel as though it’s going to be harder or tougher to achieve our dreams or goals.

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Making a BIG Impact With Small Actions


“If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito”

– Anita Roddick

Sometimes we overlook the power that something small can have on our lives.

Since I was a child I have had big dreams. Some of them require big action. On occasions I have found that the sheer scale of some of my dreams has paralysed me from taking action.

I love having big dreams, but sometimes they can seem so daunting and the activity to achieve them so huge that it can sometimes feel counter-productive.

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