With it being Christmas time, I thought it would be fitting to talk about one of the holiday’s most popular figures, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. A story filled with inspiration and hope, it taught readers the art of empathy. In society, people can become so wrapped up in judging one another and placing him/her into categories, that they can truly underestimate the value of a person.
LET’S use Rudolph as an example. He was ostracized by the other reindeers because of the one thing that set him apart from the rest; something that he had no control over. Yes, I am referring to Rudolph’s red nose. Feeling sad, isolated, and misunderstood, Rudolph did not fit in with the others.
How many of you, at some point in your life, have felt like Rudolph? I bet many of you raised your hand or agreed that in fact you could relate. But, as much as you may want to belong, is life about fitting in with others or about being yourself? My vote is for the latter. If we all looked, thought, and acted the same, no one would have anything additional to bring to the table. Rudolph was teased because of his bright red nose, but what may be viewed as being a disadvantage can be seen as an advantage to someone else.
In the foggy night air, when Santa knew he would need help guiding the sleigh, who did he ask for help? Yes, Rudolph, not one of the other reindeer, but indeed Rudolph. The bright red nose that the others made him feel bad about, was the same one that would save the day and lead the sleigh through the night. So, remember when you are feeling down and out, like you don’t belong, we are not made to fit in, but rather to stand out. What maybe viewed as being a disability, can in fact, be an ability.

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