Each of us has gifts, talents, and abilities, insights, understandings, and experience that others do not. While whatever may be “unique” or even just “uncommon” may benefit us, its real “value” is in what it may offer and contribute to others. In many ways, what we usually think of as “ours” may actually be (“intended” more) “for others”.
None of us exists in a vacuum. And none of us is truly an (isolated) “island” or ever independent and unconnected. We are merely holons – whole parts of whole parts (made up of whole parts). Our unique separate identity is like essential pieces of a universal jigsaw puzzle – or particles in a wave of light.
The comparison with light may be more than just a metaphor or an analogy.
Light is simply a form of (visible) energy. Humans not only perceive light, we also emit it. The light we reflect, radiate, and shine is not for our benefit, but for others – including many we may not ever (need to) see, meet, or know – just as the beacon of a lighthouse exists to serve others rather than itself.
While our perceptions are personal and our focus limited, the impact of, and perhaps even need for, what we say, do, and even just may “be” (by simply existing) may have far greater effect on others than we may ever be aware.
That’s my perspective. What’s YOURS?
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