Our Uniqueness Tells A Story

Each one of us is a unique creature of God that was created to enjoy all that God has made. We all play a part in this world, but we cannot reap the benefits of what God has given us if we do not know our own value and significance. I was reminded of this recently when I attempted to throw away a pile of rocks, I found in my car away and one my granddaughters yelled, “Stop, those rocks are special. I found them when I was camping in the mountains.”

My grandchildren ages 8,10, and 11 love to collect rocks and paint them. Each rock is different and has a story. I find these rocks of assorted sizes and colors in places around the house and car. Each child can tell me a story about where the rock was found and what they were doing when they discovered the rock (s). These white, brow, and grey ordinary insignificant rocks were beautiful and valuable because of the special memories they created. Each one was unique and had its own story.

Just like these rocks each of us was created uniquely and wonderfully. We all have different strengths and weakness. Not one of us has the same freckles or eye color. Yet, we often miss the mark and forget our own beautiful story. We tend to focus on all our faults and shortfalls instead of all the amazing things we have accomplished and overcome.

Today is another opportunity to enjoy all God has given us and to keep moving forward. But first, we must take a moment to focus on our abilities and accomplishments regardless of how small they appear to us. Yes, baby steps forward count too. When we stop and pounder the good it opens our eyes allowing us to cherish our uniqueness as well as that of those around us. Our lives are often rushed causing us to miss the beauty that is right in front of us, our own story. Enjoy and embrace your uniqueness because it will help you tell a better story to share with those around you.

Published by Denise Rogers

I am a wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother who enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, gardening, and I am learning to live with being disabled. In 2017, after my 8th thoracic spinal surgery, I lost all feeling from the waist down as well as losing my proprioception on the right side. This has made it difficult to stand without assistive devices and made it, so I am having to relearn to walk. Plus, I have another uncommon condition called Chiari Malformation Type 1 which also creates balance issues as well as many other health issues. Because of the Chiari and the spinal cord injury, I have been left with severe nerve damage which causes a great deal of pain (5 and greater on pain scale) as well as spasticity, muscle spasms, and allodynia (burning) in various areas of my body. I have endured 8 surgeries on my Thoracic Spine and will probably need more as the drain that was placed will eventually clog and require replacement. Currently, I have a spinal to pleural cavity shunt, which drains the CSF from my arachnoid cysts into my pleural cavity. Professionally, I am a retired Health Care Professional with over 26 years of experience. I have worked in the Public Health realm as well as in Long Term Care and Acute Care. I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. It is my hope that through sharing my personal trials, experiences, and triumphs that I can help others keep moving forward. No matter what life throws at us we can always tell a better story. I know that God is with me and because of this anything is possible. His promise to be by my side every step of the way helps me to keep pushing on even when there are setbacks.

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