As I was walking to the train station this morning, oblivious to my surroundings (very caught up in thought) I was distracted by a few beautiful Jacaranda trees in bloom. They were absolutely stunning, standing out from the surrounding green trees and shrubbery, delightful violet. This made me feel so at peace and immediately in the moment.
As I returned to my thoughts while walking, I wondered to myself about how they were so beautiful because of their difference, it made them unique. Then it occurred to me the perception of my experience, I believed them beautiful from conditioning to this, that certain things especially in nature that were unique are beautiful. This thought led to reflection on how differences in people and the minority have a negative stigma. Why? We as humans are part of the natural universe. Why should our society, culture and community set standards of being unique and different as being more negative and less accepted? For example mental illness, even though more people are prone to depression and anxiety then willing to admit, the stigma is negative because most people want to be in the majority and accepted. So many people can miss out on their calling because they are following the crowd, miss out on the right job, a more fulfilling life and meeting the right person.
Individuality and being unique should be more widely celebrated, this in itself as an acceptance and appreciation of everyone no matter their difference is what will achieve more balance, productivity and evolution in the world. But this, all starts with the change in an individuals perspective and ability to accept themselves first and not fear to be them self.
All of us have the power to change our thoughts, perspectives and beliefs and even one person doing this will effect their actions and have a positive impact on the world.
Change starts from within. Change yourself and you change your world, the world around you and the world for everyone around you.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Be real, Be true, Be honest, BE YOU.”