(my kids and i)
This had to be my favorite day this week.
[It was Thanksgiving Day.]
I took the kids to the beach for some football throwing and a long walk.
It was quiet, uneventful, and perfect.
I enjoy being with them.
And as they get older I find it's even more fun....kind of like having friends along for a day out....
(as long as they get along;)
When I was younger....I had a poster hanging on my wall....and I would stare at it every day.
This picture had 50 white pencils, all facing with their points down.
About the third of the way into the row- there stood one purple pencil-point facing upward.
Underneath was a verse that read:
"Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
That has never left my memory.
Sadly I did get sucked in to things around me and yep- just wanted to fit in like everyone else.
I always found it hard to stand up and out and not conform to what everyone thought around me.
Deep down I wanted to be different, but who wants to Stand Out??
It's a lot easier to blend in.
Don't create waves.
Go with the flow.
Do the NORM.
Doesn't majority rule?
I wish I still had that poster.
Of course...it probably got thrown when I left home and cleaned off the walls.
A few months ago I gave an assignment to my kids.
I explained my poster to them, and we talked about what it meant to Stand Up.
And of course the saying..."Just because they do it doesn't mean you have to"...type of thing.
I wanted them to create pictures/posters of sort...along the same lines.
I wanted them to create Stand Up and Out pictures for themselves and each other.
Well...the posters/pictures are starting to land on my desk.
Here are some of their
"Do not conform" works:
It's really a Simple concept.
I hope these pictures hang in their memory...and one day they can use them in situations that surround them.
There's nothing better than someone who can think and stand alone....even when the rest don't follow.
Strength of character is something to be desired.
It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide on what to do.~Elbert Hubbard