Remember – we are all special and unique

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This article was published 03/03/2021 (705 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It’s hard to be stuck indoors all the time, especially when we cannot meet with friends and loved ones and it’s too cold to go for long walks.

I would like to encourage everyone who feels like they’re stuck in a ‘pandemic pause’ to consider this time as an opportunity to really appreciate all of life’s blessings and to develop a thankful mindset. (I’ve recently started practicing daily gratitude and have found that it greatly improves my mood.)

If you find yourself feeling really stressed and anxious, you could try reaching out to talk to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or perhaps try some guided meditation. There are also lots of online videos and apps for exercising at home that don’t require gym equipment.

When you take a moment to pause and reflect, I also encourage you to consider how much of our time we spend criticizing and judging others or worrying about what other people think of us.     

And celebrate that we are all special and unique.

☐ ☐ ☐

Little Wren

I saw a bird who looked absurd
Wearing socks upon her feet.
I thought: Could it be that little wren can’t see
How ridiculous she looked to me?
I said to the bird, “May I have a word?
You’re wearing socks, you see.”
She nodded her head and then she said,
“Yes, indeed. I think they are quite pretty!”

“But ma’am,” I implored, “It can’t be ignored,
That birds do not wear socks.
You must right away, without delay,
Remove those socks at once!”
She shook her head and then she said,
“I really don’t see why,
It should matter what I wear,
on my feet or otherwise.”

So, I replied, “Well, in my view, as I look at you,
I think you look quite silly.”
But then I felt bad as she looked so sad
For I was acting like a bully.
She said, “No cause for alarm, I’m not doing any harm.
I really wish you could see,
It’s what’s inside that counts, there could be no doubt,
That I am just being me.”

I realized then that little wren
Was absolutely right
My words had been unkind, most unrefined,
And I realized with insight:
We are all unique, it’s plain to see
Whether hairy, bald or feathery
And in the end, we became best friends,
That little wren and me.

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at htiede@gmail.com

Heather Innis

Heather Innis
Windsor Park community correspondent

Heather Innis is a community correspondent for Windsor Park.

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