Be Extraordinary!

For most working people yesterday was a holiday. I was a part of the minority who had to work. This may have been the first year –ever – that I did not have extra time off over the holidays. Granted, it was quiet and I was able to get a lot done, but it felt strange. It made me feel kind of alone… different… and out-of-step with the rest of the world.

Overall, the experience caused me to think about the benefits of being… different. Who comes to mind in your life when you think of someone who is “different?” What is it about that person that impresses you?

For me, a person who takes a stand is one who makes an impact. Among qualities I admire are tenacity, perseverance, loyalty, and commitment. When a person behaves as he believes, I take notice. I admire the person whose life adds value to the lives of others. He or she may not be a leader in a bold or pronounced manner, but what that person does – and doesn’t do – commands respect.

Well, then… in this new year I encourage you to stand out. In fact, I challenge you to become extraordinary.

Keep in mind that “extraordinary” comes in different packaging…the person who believes in something or someone… the person who isn’t afraid to show his feelings…the person who goes the extra mile because it’s the “right” thing to do….

By standing out, I don’t think you are really out-of-step with the world. I think it can actually be kind of cool.

Do you want to be different? Do you want to change? Maybe you would even like to become extraordinary? You have only to begin. In fact, I challenge you to become extraordinary! Today begins a new year. Today you can stand alone, be strong, and make your life count. Go ahead…become extraordinary! The world is waiting for you!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.