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One-Size Does Not Fit All

Vicki Hinze, One size does not fit all  

ONE-SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

 

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Vicki Hinze

 

 

Every time we turn around it seems someone, somewhere is trying to shove us into a neat little box and tie a pretty bow around it. The problem is, we weren’t created to fit into neat little boxes or to be tied with pretty bows. We are not one-size fits all—or even, one size fits most. We’re real, and that makes us a lot more messy.

 

Messy in that we’re unique individuals, hand-crafted to be home to specific traits and gifts. Some of us are gifted musically, some with words. Some are visually gifted and some are intuitive geniuses. Still others are stellar in math or science or engineering. The fact is, we share commonalities but we all don’t share the same gifts that help us define our lives.

 

Some gifts are predispositions—we’re born with them. Some are acquired—we’re learn them. Some are fueled by necessity, some by inspiration. All gifts are designed to enhance our personal journey to define and be ourselves.

 

And isn’t that a blessing? Imagine a world with all engineers and no dreamers. With swimmers but no hikers.  Wouldn’t our world be poorer if we all did the same thing in the same way—and neglected to do or experience everything else?  We tend to forget that to be one-size fits all and crammed into that box means we omit and forfeit everything else. All the other boxes stand empty!

 

People don’t all look alike. Don’t all talk alike, walk alike, sound alike, or focus on the same things. We’re diverse and good at different things and, because we are, we’re collectively richer for it.  Even when we disagree, our disagreements spur new thoughts, new perspectives, new ideas that are deeper and stronger and wiser for the insights gained in those respectful disagreements.

 

It’s the political season—and it will be for the next year and half—not that I want to talk politics. But we can use it to illustrate the point.  This group loves to pigeonhole people. To group them by demographic qualifiers.  Pro this or that. Members of this or that group. Left or Right or Independent, then to further subdivide as Far Left, Progressive, Far Right or Moderate. This, the campaigns feel, helps candidates to determine what they need to do or be to win.

 

My point is, we’re all better off if we are who we are. If we’re guided by our character and principles and by the things that are natural to us and true to us.  We’re all custom and, while we share commonalities, we don’t fit in any one-size box. None of us do, have, or ever will. (That goes for characters we create in our novels and movies, too.) There is no one such box.

 

And because that’s true, it ‘s wise for us, in life and in our careers, to learn the merits of being and of respecting custom, and of being adverse to the manipulations—intentional or incidental—inherent to a one-size fits all designation.

 

The bottom line is simply this message to those determined to pigeonhole:

 

 Keep your boxes and pretty bows. One size does not, can not, and should not fit all.  We’re unique, special; we’re custom. We are different and we differentiate—some are gifted armchair adventurers, some are fascinated by the ocean, the desert, the mountains, and the stars. We celebrate all we are, and because we do, we resoundingly reject the limitations of any one-size fits all.

 

 

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© 2015, Vicki Hinze. Hinze is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of nearly thirty novels in a variety of genres including, suspense, mystery, thriller, and romantic or faith-affirming thrillers. Her latest release is The Marked Bride, Shadow Watchers, Book 1. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Theocentric Business and Ethics. Hinze’s online community: Facebook. Books. Twitter. Contact.www.vickihinze.com. Subscribe to Vicki’s Newsletter.

 


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