How can we accept what everyone rejects?
Lambert stared sadly at his rippling reflection in the moon-lit stream of water. The unusually large clumps of disheveled and muddied wool bulged from every inch of his body. He looked more like an enormous cotton ball than the typical merino sheep in his flock.
As he bitterly nipped and tugged at the unnaturally growing fibers that protruded near his neck, large mouthfuls of wool were violently ripped out. But almost as soon as the wool was spat out into the stream, a new patch of freshly formed fur puffed out to replace it.
Day and night, Lambert was laughed at and ridiculed by every member of his flock. They thought his wool was ugly. He shed too much. And they loved knocking him over and watching him helplessly struggle-often for hours- back onto his feet.
At the end of the day, Lambert hated himself and the mound of wool that enveloped his body. All he wished for was to look just like everyone else.
Until one night, a large pack of snarling wolves clawed their way through a small opening in the wire mesh fence. As they surged into the sheep’s enclosure, they left an angry trail of wool, blood, and death.
When they finally pounced upon Lambert’s body and began viciously tearing at the fibers, they could never reach his flesh. Because his 60 lb coat of wool was just too thick. When the frustrated wolves finally gave up and scampered away, Lambert was left unharmed. And the fur he once disdained was the very same fur that ended up saved his life that very day.
From a young age, many of us have learned not to stick out from the crowd. For the traits and qualities that make us different, are often the same ones that contribute to our experience of rejection and hate. But the sooner we learn to embrace our uniqueness, the sooner we can also discover its value and purpose as well.