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The Courage To Be Different

Author Paulo Coelho wrote this story in his blog: “A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials.
They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.

‘Let’s not waste our time with this tree,’ said the master carpenter.
‘It would take us forever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.’

The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked: ‘Such a big tree and no use to anyone!’ ‘That’s where you’re wrong,’ said the master carpenter. ‘The tree was true to its own destiny.“If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.”

Folks every one of us was created for a specific purpose and destiny. Yet too many of us don’t realize this,that is why you find that instead of us being true to our destinies, we go about comparing and competing with one another. All over the place you see people trying to be and live like others, and allowing other people dictate the outcome of their lives. Little wonder there is so much mediocrity around us, and greatness seem to be something impossible, or reserved for very few people….Read complete post here