I was talking with a friend on the phone yesterday and she was telling me that she had been on vacation the week before. I asked her where she went and she said “Illinois”. So of course I asked if she had gone to Chicago (I LOVE Chicago). She said they drove by Chicago but that they went to Olney. I asked her what was in Olney, and she chuckled. “White squirrels” was her reply. She sent me a couple of pictures, and then I looked at their website. Right there on the banner of their website they boast “City of Olney – ‘Home of the White Squirrels’”.
Squirrels are nothing more than a rat with bushy tales to some, and the worst type of lawn and garden pest to others. I know that every year my parents lose a significant number of their pecans to the squirrels. My uncle in Denver has a particular dislike for squirrels for nesting up under his truck and chewing the wires. To his credit he did catch them in live traps and release them back into the wild, far from the city.
So that takes me back to Olney, Illinois, a city with a unique white squirrel population. They have embraced the uniqueness of the white squirrel rather than treat it like a pest. This little town of about 8500 realize they have something special and are excited to share it with the world.
Each and every one of us has something unique to us. The definition of unique is: 1.Being the only one of its kind; 2. Without an equal or equivalent; unparalleled.
Our unique qualities are very likely those things that got picked on or hushed or squelched in our younger days and they came with words like ‘weird’, ‘odd’, ‘bizarre’, ‘geeky’. The wonderful thing is that if you did not throw that uniqueness away when people tried to push it down, it is still within you, and it is just waiting to get out! Not one of us was made just like another. Those quirks or novelties are so very special, and can also help us find our niche or special purpose in life. Embrace your one of a kind, unparalleled thing, your uniqueness. Embrace your white squirrel.
Today’s Challenge: Ask yourself what makes you unique. If that one of a kind special something has been put away seek it out, uncork it, let it bubble up and pour out!
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.” ~ Walt Disney