This was written to bring hope, highlight freedom and restore purpose. Life is tough, there are hills and valleys, deserts and floods; but there is also Joy. It is my hope that this piece will inspire and encourage you not to allow others to steal your Hope, Freedom, Purpose or Joy.
– Emily Fowler TALKITOUT Founder
Be like Rudolph?
We all have a purpose, we were created that way. God created us unique and different so that we could fulfill our individual purpose, for a greater purpose.
There are many times in our life we wonder, “why?” “Why don’t I fit in?” “Why is this person better than me?” “Why don’t they want to work with me?” or “Why am I being bullied?” “Why are people who don’t work hard, appear to be more successful?” “Why does the world feel against me?” The “Why” is simple, purpose and greater purpose.
Our uniqueness is ultimately defined when we determine our purpose. As we go through life trying to define “us” there will always be people who do not understand how unique and valuable they are. These people will lack purpose and are not willing to find it. They will be the bullies and the doubters, the individuals that won’t let you participate in activities or projects, the ones that seem to be excelling at a fast pace with arrogance and pride, the ones that are negative, selfish and lack compassion.
It is important not to allow individuals like this, or their seemingly perfect circumstances to distract you from your purpose. Be like Rudolph.
I know this may sound elementary, but Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer has in his very nature has something to offer us, he is an active reminder that teaches us not to allow circumstances or people keep us from obtaining joy in our purpose.
“Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it you would even say it glows.”
– Rudolph was different, he was special because he had a nose that glowed, and his red nose had a purpose but in the beginning, Rudolph did not know the purpose of his nose, nor did those around him.
– Sometimes just like Rudolph we have an unexplained uniqueness and this uniqueness is not always physical, it can be emotional, circumstantial or even a specific event that has imprinted on our lives. Our lack of understanding on the “why” doesn’t mean the “why” does not have an answer.
“All of the other Reindeer use to laugh and call him names, they never let poor Rudolph, join in any reindeer games.”
– Rudolph was bullied because of his red nose; he was mocked and did not fit in with the crowd. The other Reindeer did not allow Rudolph to play with them. Nevertheless, Rudolph did not seek revenge; he did not try to hide who he was just to be accepted.
– What if we changed our focus from what people said about us, and the status they held and focused on something greater? That’s what Rudolph did, refocus. Yes, rejection is painful. Yes, you should recognize that your feelings are hurt, but after the recognition, refocus.
“Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, Rodolph with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my slay tonight?”
– Because Rudolph embraced the fact that he was different and did not try to be like everyone else, he was presented an opportunity to fulfill his purpose and lead the very people that mocked him. This opportunity only happened because he was true to himself being both prepared and ready.
– Often, we are judged for our uniqueness and constantly fighting an internal pull to just “fit in.” Fight that pull! Being like everyone isn’t useful, what if everyone wanted to be doctors because they made the most money, and nobody wanted to be teachers because they needed to keep up with the doctors. Eventually, there would be no more doctors, because there would be no one to teach them. Remember your purpose is always a part of a greater purpose
“Then how the Reindeer loved him, as they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer you’ll go down in history.”
– What if Rudolph would have stooped down to the other Reindeer’s level and called them names? The ending of this story would be very different, and Rudolph would have never gained their respect. If Rudolph would have had an attitude like the other Reindeer, they would have been less likely to follow his lead, and most individuals do not follow leaders who quarrel with the people they are leading. What would have happened if Rudolph had held a grudge against the reindeer and told Santa “sorry, those other reindeer don’t like me and teased me, so find another red nose deer?” Rudolph would have allowed his anger, sadness, and frustration to keep him from fulfilling his purpose.
– In life, there are moments you question what you are doing here on this earth. You feel confused unsure and doubtful on exactly what Gods plan and purpose is for your life. You are not alone, we have all been there. This blog is not saying to be oblivious to those moments, but rather to recognize and identify those moments without becoming distracted by them. Sometimes you must look in the mirror and say I have a shiny red nose, and I do not know why it is glowing right now, but there is a purpose for it.
So like Rudolph, be yourself.
To go down in history is a place that normal rarely visits…
If you are struggling with this Rudolph concept lets TALKITOUT, we listen.