August 22

Reflection

We are all born unique. We are a one-time phenomenon in the universe – our exact genetic makeup has never occurred before nor will it ever be repeated. In our span of life our uniqueness wants to grow, transform itself, and flower to its full potential. The task of life – the gift of years- is to bring that seed to flourishing.

Prayer

With you is the source of life, O God.
You are the beginning of all that is.
Psalm 36:9

Action

Try to really understand what it means that everyone is unique. In your own life be open to be what has never happened before.

Suggested Reading

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:13

Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy.
Abraham Heschel

The gift of years is not merely being alive- it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever. It is our involvement in the important questions of the present, so that the time to come will be more blessed than our own- because of the insights we preserve in ourselves and pass on to others. It is the power to dream and the freedom it takes to bring to the awareness of the world- however small- the voice of reflection, of reason, of feeling, of penetrating awareness. It is the freedom to reach out to others, to do everything we can with everything in life that we have managed to develop in both soul and mind for the sake of the human race.
Joan Chittister, OSB

You were born to be an original. Don’t die a copy.
John Mason

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Margaret Mead

Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.
Deepak Chopra

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