It's the classic bullying and abandonment story.
"All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names." If all the other reindeer don't have a shiny nose, then those with shiny noses must be bad and worthy of scorn! Easy enough.
Can you identify with this freak reindeer? I know I can.
Who of us has gotten through life, not to mention junior high, without one time or another being put down, picked on or pushed around by those so much cooler than us? We were awkward. Our hair was too short. Too long. We were too short. Too big. Too dumb. Too smart. Or, like me, your butt was too big and your voice cracked!
In the marketplace, it's not much different. We're too left-brained. Too right-brained. Too artsy. Too geeky. Under-qualified. Over-qualified. Too quick. Too slow. All show. Too boring. Too outspoken. Too quiet. Too male. Too female.......
And then came that decimating rejection of being left out, left back or left for worthless. "They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games." Different made those reindeer feel, well, uncomfortable. "Let's not invite Rudolph in. He's a freak!" (Not in the song, but you know someone said it!)
And being left out really stinks. Something inside us knows that human being were created for community and others are supposed to welcome uniqueness, care about differences, empower dreams, let gifted people use their gifts. When they don't, we may feel very, very.... alone.
All because of a very shiny nose!
Do you know what it's like to be laughed at, left out or rejected? Do you possess something that makes you, well, a bit different? It may be the way you look... or the way you dress.. or the way you think... or what you desire. What you wish for. It may be your greatest talent. Or, it may be that you were rejected, abused or bullied in the first place. Whatever, it is, that "problem" may have caused you great pain..
Our real question: Can the painful problem be redeemed? Can something good come from this ugliness? Is their ANY purpose for MY pain and my problem? Really?
As Rudolph and most authentically passionate people know: our deepest problems have the potential to create the greatest good. Other's problems become our greatest opportunity to do something meaningful that serves THEM and do it with passion.
Effect: Stranded sleigh. Christmas joy in jeopardy.
Solution: a Shiny nose
Calling: Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
The lesson from this reindeer: Your very caricature may be the key to your calling! The awkward thing you've been wanting to hide may just be the most important thing you bring to the world.
Bullied? Yep. Been there.
Rejected? Yep. I get that.
Write a blog post about it for others who think their greatest problem disqualifies them from doing great things to help others: OK, I can do that.
Champion those who have yet to realize they have something GREAT to offer. OK.
What might you do with your painful "problem?"
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