Our culture - think of movies and books - promote the cult of the special person, the hero with unique insights, abilities, sensitivities, strength or courage. But our worth does not come from being special, but from being the loved of Love. In fact, the feeling that we are special is often a cover for deep feelings of inadequacy. The need to feel special often makes us burden others with our need to "help"--or to receive attention or affirmation for our specialness. In our need to feel special, we sometimes unintentionally deny others their opportunity to be of service or to shine. Today, release any need to feel special. Yes, you are beautiful, unique, invaluable, and necessary-to-the-universe, but no more than anyone else. Other people's successes or gifts cannot steal anything from you.
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.