Saturday, April 16, 2011
Celebrate Diversity One and All
Have you ever felt as if you were the only person like yourself in the whole world? Guess what? You are. Each of you is a unique expression of the human experience. Your task is to embrace all that you are and to celebrate yourself.
Perhaps you're in a minority group. You might be African-American, Asian, Latino, or gay. Perhaps you just feel as if you were a nerd. Some of the most famous people in history felt that way. They didn't let that stop them from becoming all that they could be.
Look at Albert Einstein. He didn't begin to talk until he was four years old. Yet he went on to become the father of atomic science. He met life's challenges on life's terms and became one of the most famous scientists in history.
Look at Maya Angelou. She was another person who didn't talk for many years during a childhood as an abused African-American girl. Yet she went on to become one of our nation's most prominent poets. She also served as an inspiration to another African-American girl who had been abused as a child. That was Oprah Winfrey. She became our most celebrated television talk show host and she served to inspire countless others whether of not they may have lived lives of oppression.
Each of you possess your own unique gifts which can serve to inspire others. The challenge is to embrace yourself so that you may discover what you have to offer. Surround yourself with people who affirm you and inspire you. That is the key to self-acceptance.
I have had my own challenges with self-acceptance. I didn't want to be gay, but I eventually learned that it was a good thing. Along the way, I struggled with things like alcoholism, clinical depression, and sexual addiction.
I worked hard at becoming a champion and I am now a published author of a series of hilarious satires. I have learned to embrace things in my past that didn't seem funny. I have made lemonade out of lemons as I have learned how to laugh at myself. In so doing, I have created a series of books that have made my readers laugh out loud.
My books contain characters that aren't so different from you. Many of them are minorities. I even have a transgendered nun in my book. She didn't let that stop her from realizing her dream. She went on to become the nun she had always wanted to be.
I have characters who are overeaters who celebrate their big bodies. I have a closeted gay man who comes to terms with his sexuality and learns to love it. I have a gay cowboy who struggles with sexual addiction, himself, but who finds recovery in a twelve-step program called Sex Maniacs Notorious.
It takes all kinds to make the world go around. Wouldn't it be boring if that was not the case! I ask you to celebrate yourselves and to celebrate diversity. You can each make an individual difference for the betterment of life.
Go for your joy!
Author Davis Aujourd'hui