However, the other ducklings begin to pick on him and even bite him. Rejecting him. The ducklings quack and the ugly duckling honks. Although the mother does her best to protect him. The barnyard chickens and turkeys start in on him as well. They call him names. As the days pass it becomes harder and harder for the ugly duckling. The youngster decides to run away from the humiliation and sufferings. Soon though he was hungry, thirsty and lonely. Then he was chased by hunters and their dogs. He finds a home with an old woman. But her cat and hen taunt him mercilessly. So he sets off alone once again.
Winter arrives. He finds a cave by the lake that freezes over. Miserable, cold and alone. He hunkers down to stay warm. Eventually the warmth of spring begins to take over. As the lake thaws a flock of swans descend on the water. The ugly ducking had grown up through the winter. Miserable and lonely he decides to join the flock of birds on the lake. Feeling it was better to be killed by such beautiful birds than to be alone anymore.
He sets off across the lake towards the flock. Instantly accepted, he is confused. Floating around they welcome him. He is shocked until - looking at his reflection in the water - he realizes he looks just like these beautiful birds. That he was a swan as well. The flock takes to the air and the former ugly duckling spreads his large wonderful wings and takes to flight with his new family.
This is an adaptation of the 1843 fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. "The Ugly Duckling" is a metaphor for self-image, inner beauty, social and personal acceptance, and the importance of kindness to others even if they are different from you.
So, have you surrounded yourself with the barnyard crew (those judging you) or the flock of swans (those accepting you)? Are you trying to fit in with those you think you "should" fit in with? Rather than searching for the groups that share what you think and feel. Who you feel is inside of you.
Maybe you shouldn't forfeit your self-worth on those who don't treat you well and don't deserve what you have to offer. Then Bravely launch yourself onto the water of like-minded acceptance. Defeat your adversaries with self-confidence and action toward your goals. I have touched on solidarity in previous posts, however, I have also touched on personal power.
Solidarity doesn't mean conforming to the expectations of those around you where you lose your own voice. That special voice that only you have to make a difference in yours and other peoples lives. Don't be afraid to honk and spread those beautiful wings. Try to be Unafraid. Be Majestic. Be Totally You - Within Your Flock.
Until next Sunday. Have a great week my friends.