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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different people like different things. Different people live in different ways. One statement goes:

My neighbor spends all his free time working in his garden. I would never want to do that, but different strokes for different folks.


Makes for interesting interactions at times, does it not? The list can go on and on. The word diversity is often used to ensure people respect each other’s skin color. The word culture is also used in the same line of thought during classroom sessions. All the same, here is something else to think further on the subject of diversity. An individual can be born and raised in the same culture and yet be eccentric to the point where people just do not accept the individual. Creative and as some people may jokingly call them, “dreamers”; not surprisingly, their personality has a degree of eccentricity. Or could this just be society singling such ones out. That’s right, you Vincent Van Gogh(s) out there, you know you are a little peculiar with the way your room and canvas has to be set up. It really gets your creative imagination flowing. Take away your favorite paint brush tools and look out!

If this is working for you, keep your tools.

What about you? Since people have free will to decide personal matters on how to be productive and create an environment that works for them, why interfere with it?

Still, some people have their different reasons why they do interfere. Too, since you are reading this post, I like to think that the readers here are not ones who would busy body in others’ personal affairs, or at the very least want to concentrate on oneself by treating people how they want to be treated.

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You have not heard me say this in a while, but always remember, everyone has something positive they can develop. Being overly focused on what a human is doing can at times turn to a form of celebrity worship or envy. If someone envies a gift, social status, skin color, or possessions WOE,WOE for such thinking!  Such an envious attack by an individual  can cause the receiver of the attacks to make statements like this one:


What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion.

– Vincent Van Gogh (letter to Theo, July 1882)

Observe today how much people value Vincent Van Gogh’s work. Yet, in life, his trials/imperfections became too much to bear.

It takes different strokes for different folks you know. You may be in one area where most accepts you or vice versa; then you move to another area and you may become the eccentric one or vice versa. We should always keep in mind that life takes adjustments. Just never give up and always look for the best way in dealing with others. That person might just be the one to make you a “masterpiece” in gratitude for appreciating hers or his eccentric nature.

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