"Originality" is doing things in a new way which is a better way, and different from anyone else's way. Is the quality of being original ("authentic" - not a copy), of being one's self; acting and thinking independently. BE AN ORIGINAL, NOT A COPYCAT! (Check: "Be An Original")

"We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?

Edward Young

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Ralph Aldo Emerson

We all like to pretend that we all are so alike. We feel that we have to like what our friends like and do what they do. Well, we don't have to. To be accepted by our peers we don't have to be copycats. We are individuals with different values, different heritage, different tastes, different talents, different personalities, different appearances, different religions, etc. It is exciting that we are different; if not, the world would be a very boring place. So, dare to be different! Dare to be YOU!

It's important to accept our differences and learn to be proud of who we are; and yet, we cannot let these differences separate us from others. We have to find a common ground and focus on our bonds and similarities to get along better with our fellow men. We have many things in common. So, let's respect our differences, but let's concentrate in the similarities we share. Let's look deeper and find the essence of people. We are all searching for answers; we are all searching to find happiness and love. "Many paths can lead us to the same place."

Discover your individualities, your particularities, your talents. Leo Buscaglia said: "Don't be satisfied in becoming everybody else". Find who you really are and don't limit yourself. Our challenge is to find ourselves. We have to respect and appreciate our differences and learn to be tolerant and understanding. But we should not be afraid to express ourselves and be proud of our talents! We have to learn to be strong and stick to our beliefs and principles.

Others will always try to put you down, because of their own insecurities. Like the song says: "some people can be so cold... they'll take your soul if you let them" - SO DON'T YOU LET THEM! Learn to be brave and don't let their teasing and problems affect you. I know it's hard; but you have to try. You cannot take things so personally - remember - it's their problem, they feel bad about themselves. When people are not happy with themselves they try to make everyone around them miserable too, don't you let them!

When you learn to be happy with yourself and appreciate who you are, you'll learn to be strong. You HAVE TO LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF and become the best person that you can be! Love yourself with your weaknesses and limitations and just try TO DO YOUR BEST always! BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and your potential! You are a very important person; you can make a difference in this world.

I read the following in the "Parade" magazine ("Fresh Voices") of the Philadelphia Inquirer (said by two teenagers):
"It doesn't matter what people say to pick on you in high school. What does matter is what people will say about you 10 years from now." "It really doesn't matter how much people pick on you: it just gives you a better reason to prove them wrong."

"Be an original, being unique, is all about being yourself. And it doesn't require a great deal of skill or money. It only requires a true commitment from a person to make his own path, chart his own course, be an individual."

Kevin Chappell (Ebony, July 2005)

"Let's embrace our differences and appreciate each other for who we are"

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself"

Audrey Hepburn

"If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything ..."
Jerry Garcia

"All good things which exist are the fruits of originality."
John Stuart Mill

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
Herman Melville

"You can understand and relate to most people if you look at them - no matter how old or impressive they may be - as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much - we simply grow taller. Oh, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales."

Leo Rosten

"Believe in yourself, in the power you have, to control your own life day by day. Believe in the strength that you have deep inside and your faith will help show you the way. Believe in tomorrow and what it will bring. Let a hopeful heart carry you through. For things will work out if you trust and believe there is no limit to what you can do!"

Larry S. Chengges

"Do Not..."

Do not... undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not... set your goals by what other people deem important.
Only you know what is best for you.

Do not... take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not... let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past
nor for the future.
By living your life one day at a time,
you live all the days of your life.

Do not... give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not... be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances
that we learn how to be brave.

Do not... shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

Do not... dismiss your dreams.
To be without dreams is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not... run through life so fast that you forget not only
where you have been, but also where you are going.

Author Unknown

"When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves."


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