It is not easy to be an individual. You face pressures in life—from family, peers, or society—to think in certain ways and value the things that others do. For example, do you recall a time when you had to make a decision between doing what others wanted you to do and doing what you felt was right. Did you stand up for your deeper values, or did you compromise yourself for the sake of approval? When you feel insecure about yourself it is tempting to conform to others’ expectations, to blend in and become one of the herd. You may believe there is safety in numbers. Unfortunately, following the well-paved path leads only to where others have been, and not necessarily to where you are meant to be. It is possible to live life, without ever living your life.
You have a destiny, and that destiny is to become the unique individual you were created to be. If you bring nothing more to the table of life than the pre-packaged thoughts and attitudes of those around you, what have you really contributed? But if your thoughts and values flow from the depths and truth of your own being, you give to the world the rarest gift you can. You give your true self.
I know of no other way to become an individual than through a sincere, ongoing encounter with your soul. Your soul is the core of your being and the seed of your individuality. It guides you on your journey of growth, drawing you ever closer to your destiny and God. Your soul engages you in the mystery, trials, and joy of life, helping you to become a person of character, integrity, and substance.
To be an individual is to be a servant of your soul and God. This path alone guides you to your true home and place in the universe. When you commit yourself to the service of your soul you make yourself a unique expression of God’s love and creativity. When your soul becomes a pulsing, living reality to you, when you know that you are accountable to it more than anything else in this world, then you will be on the path of becoming an individual.