Living Above Normal

imagesThe other day, I talked with a friend who is disabled.  She was telling me that she is doing her best, but she really believes that her disabilities will keep her from being ‘normal’.

My heart broke, and continues to break, when I hear people talk about ‘normal’ as a standard to achieve in order to be accepted.  The only thing that I know that is normal is the setting on the dryer…and even that does not always work well.

Just what is normal?  The status quo? Doing things the ways that others deem proper?  Having a ‘right job’, or a ‘proper’ home, or send your kids to that good school.

I don’t know about you, but if you are trying to excel to normality, STOP.  It is far to exhausting to try to be someone you are not.  Live life by being yourself.  It really is not that hard ONCE you decide you want to live above normality.

Here are some questions to help you along the way.  Also refer to my article on the compensation theory which will help you to find strengths in those areas of your life which you may consider weak.

1.  Does what you do feel right to you?  Does it ring true to who you are?  Is it something that fulfills you?

2. Or, are you just ‘waiting for that other shoe to drop?’  Do you feel uncomfortable, but scared to say anything about it?  Or, if you are not hesitant to speak up, are you frustrated that no one is paying attention, that you are, like, just speaking to the wall and all you hear is the echoing of your own voice?

 

Living above normal should be our ‘norm’.  It should be our normal.  Set your heart on finding and living out your authentic self

 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Wonderful are Your works,And my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:14 New American Standard Bible 

 

Blessings on your journey

 

-Michael

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