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One Size Fits All

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When you think “One Size Fits All” you probably go right to clothing where this common size finds its way onto many a size rack.  What does that even mean?  As a petite person, when I try on an article of clothing that’s “one size fits all”, I often disappear under many folds of fabric, or look like I’m a 4-year-old trying on mommy’s outfit.  When each of us gets clothing, we have specific tastes, and specific ideas of how clothing should fit – loose, tight, something in-between.  So how is it possible for one garment to think it can fit anyone?

There’s a lot of misunderstanding in the “one-size-fits-all” mentality because the individual gets lost.  It starts with education where we’re tossed into a school teaching us all the same subjects, the same way.  (At least when I was a kid, that’s how it was!)  Some people learn visually, others are auditory learners, and some learn best by reading.  So, how is it possible for each student to come away “educated” when their particular learning style may not fit the one being used?

How about marriage?  There’s this “institution” of marriage and rules and how marriage is supposed to look, but in reality, some want to be married, some do not.  Some want kids, others don’t or can’t have them.  Some have “conventional” marriages, others are highly unconventional.  So, how can one marriage institution fit all of us?

And, what about your job?  You go to the office, you are told how to sell, how to market, how to do your reports, but in the end, everyone on your team is a unique person with different strengths and skillsets, so how can it be possible to give everyone one way to accomplish things?  It just doesn’t make sense!

So, your call to action for today is to look at parts of your life in which you’re less than happy (job, relationship, financial situation) and become aware of where you are living a One-Size-Fits-All existence that isn’t working for you.  Ask yourself – where are you following rules that don’t feel like rules that work for you? If you could break or change those rules what would they become, and how would that make you feel?

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