- “At a point in life – some people come to the realization that they march to the beat of their own drum. Normal doesn’t quite describe these folks who often try desperately to fit in, but like the little red man in today’s cartoon, fail miserably. There comes a time when we are forced to embrace the self-realization that breaking away from normal is actually a good thing. Success is not defined by how well we fit in with "the crowd", but actually how we inspire those around us. I like to think this cartoon sends that message to recruiters: "Ok, so you don’t do "Normal"…we get that. And we’re glad.” – Hugh MacLeod
My father, Edwin Lynn, once did a Thanksgiving church service with the title of today’s post where he celebrated the diverse eccentricities that abound among us. Quirks are not necessarily failures, but embracing them is still in the same spirit. Sometimes they can feel like failures. Failure to fit in. Failure to be the elusive normal. He opened the service with the reading below by Rev. Max Coots which captured this appreciation of range of people’s oddities the metaphor of a harvest cornucopia…
Rev. Max Coots
Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.
For children who are our second planting, and though they
grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may
they forgive us our cultivation and fondly remember where their roots are.
Let us give thanks;
For generous friends…with hearts…and smiles as bright
as their blossoms;
For feisty friends, as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers,
keep reminding us that we’ve had them;
For crotchety friends, sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants and
as elegant as a row of corn, and the others, as plain as
potatoes and so good for you;
For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts and
as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes;
And serious friends as unpretentious as cabbages, as subtle
as summer squash, as persistent as parsley, as delightful as
dill, as endless as zucchini and who, like parsnips, can be
counted on to see you through the winter;
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time,
and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;
For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold
us, despite our blights, wilts and witherings;
And finally, for those friends now gone, like gardens past
that have been harvested, but who fed us in their times that
we might have life thereafter.
For all these we give thanks.
From art to poetry to now the medium of film, Carlsberg also recently captured the embrace of quirkiness with the fun advert below (thanks Eileen)…