While I realize winter is long gone in Houston, I can’t help my lingering awe with the ever-so-intricate snowflake. I came across this book in my second-grade classroom this past December and like my own children, was utterly fascinated by how little I knew. What I did know (and find mind-boggling) is that despite the trillions of snowflakes that fall all over the world, no two are alike (remember hearing that as a kid?). This beautiful photograph fast forwarded to my memories when I began explaining my latest hashtag to my Creative Director – #bethe1.
As a cohabitant of the Twitter generation, I’ve finally developed a fondness for the hashtag hysteria. For me, the affection stems from the constant reminders in what’s “trending”. I like to remind myself that being one of few who chooses differently is a notable thing to do. I realize that there are people who will opt to take the low road when I don’t, but I’d like to be the one who does the unexpected. There are individuals who will not applaud my work ethic because it is easier to do what is convenient than what is correct. I want to be the one who does what’s right anyway.
It is not always popular to disagree in a group when everyone else is in consensus. My question is, “What is the impact of going along with the crowd?” If my buy-in is going to make it difficult for me to sleep at my night, then my answer is going to be, “I understand how you feel, and I can see how you came to that conclusion. However, I’m going to peaceably disagree.” I will be the one that stands on my convictions because I can’t allow other people’s assumptions to compel me to change my own.
Sadly, what’s widely accepted often determines the decision making for all. People are ostracized for thinking differently, labeled, and criticized. I have never fit the status quo, so being the oddball is not foreign to me at all. I am more concerned for my children – and our children – because when we don’t choose to stand out for what we believe, we send a message to them that it is better to go along than to champion what we feel from our hearts.
You will come across many snowflakes in your life. Some will be a bit flakier than others. In actuality, all will be beautiful because they come from the same source. Nevertheless, many will blend in so much that they will only appear to assimilate into a blanket of snow. Even still, remember that every part of your make-up makes you uniquely different. Despite their best efforts, no one can be a copy of you and you shouldn’t be a replicate of anyone else. When you feel like the tide of public opinion is pulling you under, don’t be afraid to ride the wave. Stand up. Stand out. Be different. Be the one…
Picture: The one that was so beautiful, it took the photographer’s breath away. Be the one who’s captivating the crowd because of your confidence.