Monday, April 25, 2016

"U" Up with Uniqueness

By Jennifer Goble

I sometimes think uniqueness is impossible. What can we do that is different, original, and not embarrassing to us and those we love?

Great question, right?

I walk into the Tattered Cover, where, by the way, my books are shelved, and feel this overwhelming awe. It usually stops me at the front door. I see thousands of beautiful book covers, clever titles, and topics too numerous to honor. How in the h_ _ _ do we, meaning me, compete, or survive? I am just a tiny half peanut on the floor. If someone chooses my book over all the options, it is a miracle - or a mistake.

I feel the same about my web page and FB author page. How in the world do we (I) create original sites with content worthy of being followed or liked? I’m asking because I don’t have a clue. I spend tons more time and money than I budget, and still I am not feeling the love.

I could quit, but I’m not a quitter by preference. I could shift to plan ‘B’ or ‘C’, and I do that too - fighting. I find those efforts also flat.

The old saying, “Work smarter, not harder,” is great advice, but I need a semester or two on social media to work smarter. I keep looking for a thirteen-year-old to hire, but they are too busy. My accountant tells me my writing is a hobby, and deductions are in the nebulous grey area. Oops!

I look at other websites and say, “Wow!” that is cool. Why didn’t I think of that? 

So, I concede.  Uncle! I am one of few who knows or cares I am not followed or liked or purchased. But, I push toward my passion and what I know. I am a unique thinker, maybe plainly weird. Not enough to fly above the radar, but I try to stay true to my mission of inspiring, teaching the power of stories, and helping those who are ready. 

I have seven grandchildren, and I want them to say, with a sparkle in their eye, “She’s my Gramma!”

So, I’m Up with Uniqueness, even if it isn’t viral. It is all that matters. If I live my uniqueness, I am a winner, one who follows and likes myself. 

 How does uniqueness show up in your mirror?

Until the next time: Live while you live!

Website/Blog/Rural Women’s Stories Project 
Author: My Clients…My Teachers: The Noble Process of Psychotherapy

Columnist: South Platte Sentinel

1 comment:

Deborah Nielsen said...

I think we're all unique because there's no one else who is us. Getting the word out that we have a unique take on things is easier if you enjoy tooting your own horn loudly.

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