One of the funniest movies of the modern era is the movie Multiplicity. This 1996 movie starred Michael Keaton as Doug Kinney, a construction worker, whose job constantly interferes with time and with his wife, Laura (played by Andie MacDowell). Doug meets a scientist that eventually helps him clone himself several times, thinking this would solve all his problems.
As the movie progresses, we see that having a group of clones becomes its own set of problems, with each version of Doug taking on his own unique personality. Not realizing that Doug is cloned, Laura begins to feel that she is unwanted and ignored, and eventually leaves to go stay with family. Doug is forced to find a way to remove the produced doubles from his life so that things can be normal with him and his wife again.
In the same year, 1996, another classically funny movie burst on to the scene: the remake of The Nutty Professor. Comedian Eddie Murphy played the lead role as Professor Sherman Klump, a brilliant but obese genetic scientist and college instructor.
The university welcomes a beautiful new staff member – Carla Purty (played by “Set It Off” star Jada Pinkett-Smith), and Professor Klump is determined to win her heart.
Thinking that she would not accept him because of his size, Klump develops a genetic mutation formula that turns him into a thinner, more handsome man named “Buddy Love.”
As it turned out, the Buddy Love character was offensive to Ms. Purty. She preferred the sweeter, kinder, more intelligent, original version, Sherman Klump.
Both movies are funny, but unfortunately many aspects of these stories appear all too often in real life. Many teens and adults find themselves in situations where they feel it is necessary to conform to an image they feel the pressure to live up to, simply for acceptance.
Why does this happen? Why do we sometimes feel the need to hide within the group or the atmosphere? Much of it has to do with our own inadequacies and/or insecurities.
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you felt like there needed to be more versions of you? Or perhaps are you someone who feels as though you are not acceptable to others because maybe you are not acceptable to yourself?
The truth is, you are uniquely fashioned. There is only one YOU, and that is plenty enough for the world. Men and women who have impacted societies did so with the understanding that they were singularly and uniquely special enough to do it.
Look at those such as Milton Hersey, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Socrates, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Benjamin Elijah Mays, and George Washington Carver.
How different would our lives be today had these men and women allowed themselves to be like everyone else?
History is full of names of those who have affected our society in positive ways. They not only accepted the fact that they were different, they celebrated it. They embraced it. And they treasured it. Your DNA allows you to bring something to the world that only YOU can bring. Do not let anyone discount you because of any disability, or perceived lack of knowledge/skill, or because you may not come from the most affluent family.
Even in what is commonly called “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” Jesus was born as a Nazarite – the lowest of the Jewish social order. Yet the accomplishments are of legend.
You, too, can change the course of history, simply with your existence. Determine within yourself today to step into the fullness of who you are.
The world does not need you to be like someone else. We do not need another Martin Luther King, Jr. We do not need another John F. Kennedy. What the worlds needs is the original YOU. There is only one You…treasure that!
What are the features that makes You unique? Maybe you can play the violin like nobody else, or maybe you can give inspirational speeches in front of a huge crowd? I would love to hear your reply to this….:)))
I`ll talk to you this next time:)))