Each of us is a single puzzle piece, individual on its own, but needed to create the larger picture – humanity. To fit, we connect our individuality with the rest, becoming one of many, and though we connect, our uniqueness does not blur and lose definition. There is a synchronicity interlacing our connectivity with the many and our own unique gifts and talents. Both avenues, the connection to others as well as honoring who we are, can thrive if there is a balancing of the scales.
When there is no balance between what you offer to the world and what you offer to your own uniqueness, you either become too “out there” involved; you are unable to take care of your body, mind, and spirit or you become so consumed with yourself that others are barely recognizable in your peripheral.
We don’t play well with others when our scales are tilted too much either way – our joy, love, and contentedness is fettered. Our ability to discern and make decisions becomes clouded with judgment and condemnation or the exaltation of our own uniqueness and ego. How do we choose to live in the middle between the two?
Discernment is better wielded with fact than emotion. We need fact-based discernment when making decisions in relation to others and ourselves. An assessment of the facts, regardless of the situation or circumstance we’re dealing with, allows us to witness the benefit of being one of many, without losing sight of who we are and what we offer to the world. This rings true even if our contribution is smaller than another, for though it may be smaller, it is no less important.