Celebrating our differences


Harry Croghan - Contributing Columnist



God made so many people, so different. Isn’t variety wonderful? No same-old, same-old. All is really new and different.

Let’s celebrate our differences. Some people want to be the same or similar to other people, that’s a very big mistake. We were made unique for a reason. Some of us are really struggling to find that reason. That’s okay, discovering one’s specialness is not bad at all.

Sometimes it means taking inventory of your talents but also the areas where you don’t have any. Take a real good look at what you like to do and what you don’t. Do you like working with people or working alone or is it a mixture of the two? Do you classify yourself as pretty, good-looking, average or not so great? Do you have physical differences? Do you know why? Can they be used as accents? Do you like to help people or control people? Are you strong-willed or easily led?

When you find out who you really are, you will be able to relate to the world better. Try to look at everyone as a wonder of many possibilities.

As we get older, our actions and environment will also have an influence on who we are and how we might react to certain situations. One’s intellectual and spiritual life is also a big influence. Religious beliefs or none can have a large bearing on who a person really is. Differences are good and bad and hold the characteristics of both. We have our perception, but then there’s the other person’s perception and right now wars are being fought over these differences.

So look at yourself. If you can find real peace within yourself then maybe the world can also be able to find peace.

Once again, I have become sidetracked. I draw and paint people and really enjoy the experience. I see how utterly unique we really are. Even in our uniqueness we still share a lot of common features and we need to celebrate them also. People are very interesting when we look at each other seeking the best in each person.

There is one characteristic that positively dominates all the others. It is the person who smiles and laughs a lot, they make everywhere they go a happier place. This is a difference that one may acquire and develop and even perfect.

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Harry Croghan

Contributing Columnist

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at hrcroghan@icloud.com.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at hrcroghan@icloud.com.

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