The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish and an eel, and they formed a Board of Education. The rabbit insisted that running be in the curriculum. The bird insisted that flying be in the curriculum. The fish insisted that swimming be in the curriculum, and the squirrel insisted that perpendicular tree climbing be in the curriculum. They put all of these things together and then wrote a Curriculum Guide. Then they insisted that all the animals take all of the subjects.
Although the rabbit was getting an A in running, perpendicular tree climbing was a real problem for him; he kept falling over backwards. Pretty soon he got to be sort of brain damaged, and he couldn’t run anymore. He found that instead of making an A in running, he was making a C and, of course, he had always made an F in perpendicular climbing. The bird was really beautiful at flying, but when it came to burrowing in the ground, he couldn’t do so well. He kept breaking his beak and wings. Pretty soon he was making a C in flying as well as an F in burrowing, and he had a helluva time with perpendicular tree climbing.
The moral of the story is that the person who was valedictorian of the class was a mentally retarded eel who did everything in a half-way fashion. But the educators were all happy because everybody was taking all of the subjects, and it was called a broad-based education…. we are really trying to make everybody the same as everybody else.
The Animal School, written by Leo Buscaglia.
We all have so much in common, we share so much, and yet each one of us is so incredibly unique. Each one of us is beautiful and gifted. We just need to accept and love our uniqueness to discover our talents, develop our abilities and realise our true potential.
Deep down in heart you know the truth – you are beautiful, you are talented, you are unique, you are divine, you are blissful!… Let your truth flow through you, let your heart guide you, let your intuition give you clues – so that you may shine and share your gifts with the world. Be courageous and believe in yourself, love yourself, be yourself.