When I was little, I used to play with crayons. They were like people to me. In some ways, crayons helped form my philosophy of life. Now sometimes I think of people as if they are crayons. For me, the metaphor works. I see — the Needy Pinks, a Bossy Blues, or the occasional Frail Gray ones.
Those folks don’t get much of my time. When they tell me what to do, I don’t really listen no matter how loudly or sweetly they speak. That’s because, at the end of the day, they’re always trying to move me to do something for them.
People who are centered on themselves are like broken crayons to me. They’re not as much fun to work or to play with. It’s kind of sad really. I don’t think that most “broken crayons” are particularly aware, or particularly selfish on purpose. They seem to be trying to hard to prove they have a right to be here.
I’ve been lucky enough to have the privilege of knowing a Shining Silver. One day I hope to be one. The Shining Silver is special in that she knows herself well, and she’s about everyone else.
It’s always a pleasure to do whatever she asks. That’s incredible influence.
In that way, she’s a 65th Crayon.
How to Own the Incredible Influence of a 65th Crayon
What’s a 65th Crayon? Why is one so influential? A 65th Crayon is someone who is one of a kind, who thinks individual thoughts. Some folks call it being out of the box. Well, of course, a 65th Crayon would be out of the box â€” only 64 come in the box.
You need to live seven key ideas to own the incredible influence of a 65th Crayon.
- A 65th Crayon is self-sharpening.
It is, and always will be, sharp enough already.
- A 65th Crayon isn’t about making a mark or proving it’s smart.
It doesn’t need to make a point, to get a point, or to point out anything.
- A 65th Crayon isn’t about drawing lines.
It blends and balances other colors, coaxing out their vibrant shades.
- A 65th Crayon doesn’t worry about fitting in the box.
A 65th crayon is the perfect size to fit in the whole world.
- A 65th Crayon is unique and thus precious like every crayon ever made.
- A 65th Crayon cannot hide. Itâ€™s colorful personality gives it away.
- A 65th Crayon may get misplaced, or shared, but it is never lost.
Influence comes from understanding that we’re all different, that we all come to our conclusions on our own. Incredible influence comes from knowing that it’s always about the other guy not me and that we all feel like the one left out of the box now and then. Turning that feeling into a good thing is a spectacular outlook to live by and model. That’s what a 65th Crayon does so well. Who isn’t attracted to that?
In the end, who do we listen to? . . . I listen to the ones who assume the rest of us crayons already know how to draw.
Are you a 65th Crayon? What other crayons have you known? Go ahead. Have some fun. Give them a a colorful name.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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