Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday Mantra: Be Original

mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that is considered capable of "creating transformation".

Every Monday I will post a new thought, idea, or focus for the week. When you need a breather from life, when you need a little inspiration, or when you're about to jump over the conference table and strangle your co-worker, remember the mantra.

Monday Mantra: Be original- be yourself
For many, many, many years I refused to read any of the Twilight books. I didn't know much about them, I just knew there was some kind of crazy phenomena going on with people being called this horrible name, Twihards, and I wasn't going to be a part of it. However, when the first movie came out I was intrigued and decided to go see it. Sparkly vampires, no fangs, never sleeps, plays baseball when it's storming- what was going on in the world of vampires? I was confused...and completely addicted.

I went home and read book by book, until I eventually got sucked in and became one of the millions of fans, one of the Twihards. I was taken over by the uniqueness of it all. Sure, vampire love stories had been done time and time again, but no vampires had ever been like this before. My entire monster mindframe was shattered with Stephenie Meyer's books.

But why did she make her characters so unique? Why so unusual? A journalist had asked her this question once and her answer was that she'd never seen a monster movie, never read a monster book. Vampires were an unknown for the most part to her. That's the beautiful thing about this- she didn't have anything to compare to or try and live up to. And that - her being herself and believing in what she thought they were, thought they should be like - that is what changed everything for her, for everyone who picked up her book.

Most of us don't have that opportunity in life. To go out and not have any knowledge of how to be, act, look, feel, think. We're told from a young age what to do and how to do it. It's harder in many cases for us to be originals because we live in a world of copy cats. That's just the way it is, not for the better and not for the worst, it just is. It's not necessarily a bad thing, either, but it can prevent someone from being the very best one-of-a-kind version of themselves.

So, friends, next time you have some kind of an idea or thought or notion on something at all and it doesn't fit with the mainstream world- do it anyway. You might just be the person to start a new thought process that will make a difference. You might just change the world.

P.S. Still need a last minute Christmas present for someone on your list? How about a membership to a CSA (Community Service Agriculture) program? It's good for everyone, especially you right now- no waiting for delivery in the mail and no parking lot madness. You can order a service online and write what their gift is in a card. With the service, your friend would get delicious organic food delivered right to their door. I have Nature's Garden Delivered, here in AZ, but if you do a Google for CSA's near you I'm sure you'll find one.

Happy Holidays!

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