True happiness shows up when we begin embracing the unique character of our own path

True happiness shows up when we begin embracing the unique character of our own path

It’s been said so often that it’s become a cliche … that is, be you; be yourself; follow your own path.

But it’s said so often BECAUSE it’s true; and so important!

You literally can’t be anyone else; and trying to be so is a surefire way to dissatisfaction and unhappiness!

So what should we do?

via by Joel Comm

If you are like most people, you were taught as a kid that you needed to be extraordinary to be happy. We learned about the people who changed the world, and we were often told we should be like them

There is nothing wrong with wanting to change the world, but the truth is that not everyone can do it. Most people are simply ordinary, and while that’s fine, many have to deal with dissatisfaction due to not feeling extraordinary. Embracing ordinary starts by understanding that being extraordinary is not as common as it seems, and you’re likely great as you are.

“Extraordinary” is overrated.

History is full of extraordinary people who died unfulfilled, full of regrets, and without being recognized until decades or even centuries later. These people will live forever in books and memory, but not all of them for the right reasons — think Christopher Columbus or Robert E. Lee. On the other hand, many ordinary people live happy and fulfilling lives and many people change history in their own way as unsung heroes. Being ordinary doesn’t mean you won’t do anything special or of worth to others.

My high school English teacher would have been considered ordinary by most people. He wrote lesson plans, taught students, and spoke with parents and administrators about student progress like any other teacher. Still, he has found much success throughout his 30-year career. He has impacted hundreds of lives, instilled confidence, and inspired students to use their voices. He positively influences the lives of young people every day he’s at work. Through his feedback and encouragement, I found a passion for writing.

Just because you are ordinary doesn’t mean that you don’t matter. You can be a mentor to those on your team. As such, you might be able to expand their worldview, help them discover passions, and encourage them to reach their goals. Many great people have lived without being recognized as extraordinary…

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