Being the Black Sheep of the Family

This article is for anyone who’s ever felt different or misunderstood from either your family or from society.

There is nothing wrong with individuality, so don’t feel ashamed if you’re the family’s designated “black sheep.” In fact, the great transformational changes in our society have arisen from so-called black sheep, from people who are not afraid to look at a problem from a different perspective.

So welcome to the category of black sheep, and congratulations as well!

The connotations associated with “white sheep” are less than flattering. White sheep traditionally embody the herd mentality and tend to follow their leader regardless of the consequences. They thus represent passivity and ignorance. In contrast, black sheep don’t simply follow the herd, but instead make their own path.

The political implications are clear. Blind, unquestioning faith in any institution can be dangerous, because there is always the potential for corruption. It is the civic duty of Americans to be politically responsible and actually think about issues, rather than merely following the party line. Independent thinking can never be a bad thing.

So ask questions. Think for yourself. Don’t just follow the crowd or embrace the current fad. Recognize the social wrongs and injustice in the world around you and do your part to help change the world for the better.

It’s not easy to be different and follow a unique path. Many times you may feel lost, confused, frustrated, or ostracized, and that is completely normal. You may feel pressure from your loved ones who want you to follow a more conventional path. Yet happiness comes from being true to yourself. Recognize your own needs and desires, and try to be comfortable being different from others.

Many people want to quit their jobs and find work that satisfies emotional and mental needs, rather than purely financial ones, yet are crippled by fears of financial obligation. Remember that your life is your own, and it is too short to spend occupied with things that don’t matter to you.

You must make up your mind to be true to yourself before being true to anybody and anything else.

Love yourself! Honor yourself! Trust yourself (especially your intuition)! Be true to yourself! Know that your path in life is YOURS alone. Let the next person live his or her own life path. Respect other people’s choices!

Every problem has an answer. Sometimes it is actually easier for “black sheep” to solve issues, because they look at issues in a creative and unorthodox way. Such answers can lead to opportunities that are yours to seize.

This is YOUR life! You write your own life script and thus you must take responsibility for your actions and choices, be they good or bad.

You are powerful! No one can make you do something you don’t want to do. There are always choices available – start making the ones that benefit you.

For people wanting more direction in life, astrologists recommend having your numerology chart or birth chart read. There are many books available on the subject, so it is possible for you to learn how to do so yourself.

Consider a life guidance consultation.

There are hundreds of free, insightful, and enlightening articles on the DHerbs website that are designed to provide guidance and inspiration. If these articles resonate with you and you wish to know more, consider going to the library to read more about the subject.

As the Bible says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you!” (Matthew 7:7).

Know what you want in life, and make the necessary accommodations so that you receive it. And above all, trust in yourself and trust in the decisions that you will make.

Peace and Love!

Thank you for reading!

2013-06-13T09:25:46-07:00