By Steve Goodier
CELEBRATE YOU! It is no exaggeration to say you are a GIFT to the
Many years ago, US Congressman Tribble of Georgia told a story
about teaching his daughter that she was her own person. Wherever
she went, the little girl was constantly associated with her
father. "Oh, you must be Congressman Tribble's daughter," well-
intentioned adults would too.
She explained to her parents that she wanted to be herself, not
simply known as Congressman Tribble's little girl. Her father
told her not to worry about it. Her mother, who perhaps
understood the problem better, suggested, "The next time that
happens, just stand right up and say,'I am Constance Tribble!'"
The opportunity arose just a few days later. A group of people
met her and when they heard her name, they said, "Why,
Congressman Tribble must be your father!" Constance looked right
back at them and said, "Oh, no! That's not what my mother says!"
We can be sure than Congressman Tribble was her father, but that
fact was only a part of who Constance Tribble was. She rightly
believed herself to be unique, and she wanted to be known as her
You are unique. Do you value that which makes you different? For
nobody in the world has quite the mix of your perspective, your
sense of humor, your skills and abilities and your potential. No
one can be YOU as well as you can be you. You are an original,
the likes of which the world has never before seen.
Writer Robert Zend quips, "People have one thing in common --
they are all different." And it's the difference that makes a
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