: being the only one :SOLE
: being without a like or equal : UNEQUALED
: distinctively characteristic : PECULIAR

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Unique (adj.): c.1600, “single, solitary,” from Middle French unique (16c.), from Latin unicusonly, single, sole, alone of its kind,” from unusone.”  Meaning “forming the only one of its kind” is attested from 1610s; erroneous sense of “remarkable, uncommon” is attested from mid-19c.


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“I am a rare species, not a stereotype.”

Ivan E. Coyote (born 1969, age 45, Canadian spoken word performer, writer, and award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films, and a renown professor.)

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“Having a low opinion of yourself is not 'modesty.' It's self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not 'egotism.' It's a necessary precondition to happiness and success.”

Bobbe Sommer (Birthdate and age unknown. Psychotherapist, speaker, and author of Psycho-Cybernetics 2,000, a revitalization of Maxwell Maltz’s classic Psycho-Cybernetics book.)

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“Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world...if you do so, you are insulting yourself.”

Bill Gates (born 1955, age 59, Entrepreneur, co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft, one of the richest men in the world, and is a major philanthropist through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a child he was a voracious reader, spending many hours pouring over reference books such as the encyclopedia. Although he was doing well in school, his parents were concerned that he was bored and withdrawn. Although strong believers in the public school system, they enrolled him at Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school where Gates began showing an interest in computer programming at age 13.)

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“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.”

Victoria Moran (b. 1950, age 64, an American writer and speaker, specializing in books on spirituality and nutrition. She and her adult daughter, Adair, co-host the weekly radio broadcast called, “Main Street Vegan” on Unity.FM.)

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“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”

Karl Lagerfeld (born 1933, age 81, a German fashion designer, artist, and photograher based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own label fashion house.)

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“‎Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again. Stop telling yourself the 'same crap, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you? Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day, you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.”

Steve Maraboli (born 1975, age 39, internet radio commentator, motivational speaker, and author.)

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“Think of yourself as a brand. You need to be remembered. What will they remember you for? What defines you? If you have it in you, do something that defines you. Invent something, develop a unique skill, get noticed for something — it creates a talking point.”

Chris Arnold (born 1947, age 67, former infielder in Major League Baseball, playing for the San Francisco Giants from 1971-1976.)

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“So, if this were indeed my Final Hour, these would be my words to you. I would not claim to pass on any secret of life, for there is none, or any wisdom except the passionate plea of caring ... Try to feel, in your heart's core, the reality of others. This is the most painful thing in the world, probably, and the most necessary. In times of personal adversity, know that you are not alone. Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow humans everywhere in the world. Know that your commitment is above all to life itself.”

Margaret Laurence (Jean Margaret Laurence, 1926-1987, Canadian novelist and short story writer, one of the major figures in Canadian history.)

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Remember when we were teenagers and we desperately wanted to fit in and be just like everyone else?

Well, I thought I wanted to be like everyone else too, but after a while it cause me great pain to do so.  Every part of my body and mind screamed, NO!   It just didn’t feel right.  I felt like I was faking it and going into battle with my heart, body, and soul.

Actually, for a time when I was married I tried to fit into the role as a cookie-cutter devoted wife and mother, but the notion only weakened and sickened me physically.

In addition, when I refused to listen to the signs to commit to more authentic and loving path the Universe put me in a metaphorical choke-hold, where I suffered through a great deal of physical and emotional pain.  The only way I could find relief was by trusting my inner voice and following my higher self.

Now, I know my unique connections to Source Energy.  I also know I have a spectrum of talents and gifts to work with, as well as a personalized view of the world.  In other words, I became not only more authentic human being, but a more original creator.

Last night, I had dinner with very dear friends of mine.  I am so fortunate to have friends who are unique and who have hearts of gold. They follow the beat of their own drums, sometimes at the risk of being  thought of as outcasts.

One friend was teasing the other about how competitive she was with her generational peers, and how fashion conscious she was in her tastes in clothing.

I smiled and interjected that we are all very complex beings.  Sometimes we are products of our environments, cultures, race, religion, gender, and sexuality.  But the way we interpret these experiences and spin them to our desires determines how uniquely we manage our worlds.  I love people who are able to be original creators and speak their truth with no regard to how people feel about them.

It’s taken some time, but I’ve come to accept my uniqueness.  It definitely has a lot to do with how I loving, compassionate, and forgiving I am.

What makes you unique and what’s your unique brand of expressions?

Here’s a 20-minute survey to discover your top signature strengths, a quiz that was highlighted in”The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.” by Sean Achor: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/The-Survey#nav

I hope the information brings you great insights of your “personal touch.”!

Much Love, Tonya




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