My kids: Mummy, mummy, it’s time for our bedtime story.
Me: Go pick a story book you’d like me to read.
They ran off happily in search of a book
Five minutes later, I was sitting on a bed in their room and I read an interesting story.
It was about a chameleon, who could pull several stunts by way of natural design, blending with any color it came in contact with and camouflage, stick out its tongue and grab a fly as food. One day, the chameleon, met so many beautiful animals at a zoo, it was elated and was amazed at the other animals, immediately, it felt inadequate compared to the others and thought: How small I am, how slow, how weak!
It wished it was like the others.
Immediately, it thought about being like the polar bear, then it turned into one, yet it was not happy, it wished it was like the elephant, it became like the elephant, then it became like the lion, the tortoise, the fox, the fish, still it wasn’t happy.
Suddenly, there came a fly close to the chameleon, it couldn’t stick out its tongue to grab food as normal. Then it dawned on it that he had a special gift and he was remorseful.
It prayed that he should be himself again and then it became itself and he was able to zap food easily.
For the first time, the chameleon was grateful for his special abilities and didn’t want to be like the other animals. He admired the beauty of others and was dissatisfied with itself.
After the story, we had a discussion around the story and together we concluded that:
You aren’t a mistake
Your journey, your mistakes, everyone is meant to be a beautiful story for others
Don’t focus on what you don’t have, be grateful about what you have and use it to be a blessing to others.
So, have you been a mixed-up chameleon lately?
Use this break to look at yourself and appreciate you for you. Don’t be so fixated on work resuming that these days mean nothing to you. You are the best you ever! Enjoy your company and delight in yourself. After all, if you don’t praise yourself, who will?