Today, I saw a practicality both from a business and personal perspective and I'm republishing it here in part. It doesn't matter what faith you are as the message should shine through, regardless:
The 2nd Verse?==============
We were singing Christmas songs in a staff meeting at our family business. The current song was "Joy to the World."
Everyone chimed in heartily as we sang the first verse. Then the second verse began.
Bright energetic voices changed into muffled and muted hums and babbling. My mother was standing beside me. Only her voice punched through the disharmonious ramblings of the crowd. She knew every word and sang it strong and clear. It is amazing how one person who truly knows punches through the confusion.
I didn't know the second verse along with the rest of the crowd, but mother has always been different.
Most of us know the first verse. Few of us know beyond the surface and the general knowledge of the crowd. It is true with Joy to the World. It is true with true joy.
That which separates you from the crowd is always deeper than the surface.
What separates you from the crowd... in your business, in your life, in everything you do?
Don't seek to be different for the sake of being different. Seek to be authentic, looking 'deeper than the surface'. What do you see? Hopefully, you see something different about yourself, about others, about your business, about what you want to contribute to others. When you find it, it will truly separate you from the rest of the crowd.
Managing Partner, The Weaver Group