Judah – my 2.5 year old – collects blankets.
At any given time, he’ll be toting up to 9 of his “blues,” “minis,” or “silkies” around the house. Lounging on them with a chocolate milk bottle, or arranging them for an afternoon nap.
We all think it’s endearing. And quite humorous to see his love affair that is uniquely his own, untaught by any of us.
Yes, not all of our habits are as charming as a 2.5 year old’s fetish with blankets. But we probably have at least one that’s genuinely “us.” That makes us unique.
If it’s annoying to everyone around, maybe think about changing for the better. While no one may say it, that lip biting thing you do is kinda’ awkward for everyone watching. So is the way you overreact to correction, or shake your foot incessantly at the table.
I’m not talking about areas where we need to mature socially or personally.
But that characteristically uncommon thing that’s “so you”?
Don’t change that. It’s part of what makes you “you.” And to the right people, you wouldn’t be right without it.
I still cross my feet when I sit on my knees. My parents thought it was cute when I was a boy – my wife thinks it’s cute today. And my kids all do it, too.
Genetic or not, its often our funkiest habits that become our trademarks. Learn to love ’em, not despise ’em. Doing so will only help you love who God invented you to be, and shed some of that ugly self-criticism.
And appreciate the mannerisms, traits, and oddities of those around you. Not only will you smile at the obvious God-fingerprints on them, but your life will be richer for it. ch: