Think about these coloured pencils, made of the same materials. They are exactly the same on the outside yet unique on the inside. Each colour capable of leaving a special mark that only they can make. Do you know what makes you unique? What is the mark you are meant to leave in this world?
There are 3 things no one can ever take away from you: your humanity, your uniqueness and your potential. When you focus on discovering and developing your humanity, uniqueness and potential, you can find the answers to the questions above.
We are all human. Not dogs, cats, nor cars or tables. No one is more human or less human than another. People will try to dehumanise others and they will justify it on grounds that they are somehow superior, but this is deluded. The truth is they cannot really change the fact that we are all human beings. When someone attempts to dehumanise you, suddenly it is their own humanity that is questioned. In the words of Desmond Tutu: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
If our humanity makes us equal to one another giving us a sense of belonging, it is also true that no two humans are the same. Everyone else is also unique. This is interesting, because if we are all unique, then no one is special. We are neither better nor worse, just different. Unique.
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos
So, we have said every individual is unique. In this sense, they have a unique combination of qualities, strengths and abilities they bring to the world. These qualities, strengths and abilities are wired into your being. They create the potential for you to become all you can be and achieve your purpose in life.
Imagine and apple seed. Everything it needs to become an apple tree is already contained within it. This is potential. It does not mean it will become an apple tree, because it must go through the process of cultivation -soil, water, light, pruning. But that it has the potential to.
Humanity, Uniqueness and Potential can not be taken away from you.
When we learn to recognise and respect difference in ourselves and in others, we can honour each other’s humanity. We also discover how much we can learn from and share with each other, which contributes to the cultivation that helps people fulfil their potential. That is certainly a key to self worth!
Text: Mithzay Pomenta