Mr. Rogers used to say, “There is only one you.” So if we are all different, then how can we possibly compare ourselves with other people? That is like comparing apples with pineapples. On the other hand, if we accept that we are unique, then I think the question could change to: How can I become the best me? What do I need to do to become better, and what do I want to accomplish? Then from that mindset we could set goals to express our distinctive gifts, rather than trying to be someone we aren’t, or doing what someone else is doing.
Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” I think that people succeed at something because they love doing it and consequently they spend a lot of time doing it. So focus on doing what you love and in the process, a way to use what you love to help the world will arise. When it does, then take action.
I think this approach to life is even more important today in these trying times, because when we are stressed our subconscious mind takes over and runs our system. Unfortunately no thinking or problem solving takes place in that part of the mind and as a global community, with a global problem, we need our problem solving skills today!
So do things that help you activate your conscious problem-solving mind. This will help you remember who you are, what is important and help you find a way to contribute to the solution. Remember, your contribution can be as simple as thanking the checker in the grocery store or smiling at someone as we social-distance.
The ICWIB activities are also great way to activate your conscious mind so I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE.