Holy Is Not What You Think – Part 7
What can I learn from this word by studying its opposite?
To get the best understanding of the word “holy”, I’d like to take you on a journey to look at the opposite of what it means. I’ve always found great value (play on words, I hope Walmart doesn’t mind) in defining what something is not. In doing so, what I’ve found is that we relate to what a thing is not, as if it’s what it is. Normal beliefs make it okay to alter the truth about a thing.
With that said, here are six phrases that are the opposite of what or who would be classified as “holy”:
Normal: It speaks to being typical or conforming to your surroundings. Do you really want to be seen as typical? Have you conformed to the world around you? Based on this definition, you can’t be normal and “holy”.
Average: It says…of your group, you sit in a central position. It means you’re just like everyone else in the group. I’ve often heard that average means you’re the sum total of your friends. If you have 5 friends, add up their worth and divide by 5. That would be your worth. Worth in this case could mean talents, skills, financial disposition, etc. Is that you? Of course it is, whether you want to believe it or not. Are you comfortable with being average? It means you are not “holy”.
Ordinary: It implies that you have no special or unique features that set you apart from the rest. In essence, there is nothing, not one thing, that makes you stand out. Would you say you have no special qualities? If this is you, then you’re not “holy”.
Common: It utters that you are a familiar type and a regular occurrence. That would mean you are so predictable that every statistic speaks of you. Are you a target because you’re so common that everyone can anticipate your responses and actions? There’s no way you can be “holy”.
Like my friends: We say I’m like my friends many times as a defense mechanism. It’s a way to defend our stance. “Birds of a feather flock together.” What we’re really saying is that I’m making an excuse not to be greater than the people in my circle. We use it as a crutch to remain in our comfort zone and limit our own personal growth. Are you allowing your friends to excuse your greatness? If so, you’re not “holy”.
Like my coworkers or colleagues: We mention that we behave like our coworkers or colleagues. Let an incident occur that brings you unwanted results, you immediately compare it to how a colleague was treated in the same or similar circumstance. This phrase implies that we hide within the crowd to remain a typical employee, even unethical at times. We use it to remain a just-get-by employee when there is something more inside of us. Are you hiding behind your coworkers? Those of us hiding in a crowd are not “holy”.
The key here is to drive home the fact that what’s “common” pollutes us so greatly that easy simple concepts we think we know need to be realigned and adjusted from time to time. In this case, “holy” is not what you think!