A Unique Creature of Nature
Og Mandino said, “I am a unique creature of Nature.” He explains it by saying,
“Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”Og Mandino – The Greatest Salesman in the World
As a requirement in the Master Key Experience, each day we are required to read a chapter / scroll out of Og Mandino’s book The Greatest Salesman in the World. At the end of a month, we go on to another chapter / scroll. It seems that each time I read that assignment, I get a little more out of it and it comes to light in my life in a little different way.
This month we have been reading “Chapter Eleven, The Scroll Marked IV.” I have written before on this blog about this chapter / scroll. Og talks about how,
“I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable.”
Read that blog post here. Lately another part of this chapter / scroll was made evident in my life. That is the part that I quoted above.
My mother has dementia. She too is a unique creature; there is none like her. It is very sad to watch as the dementia takes it toll as she loses a little more of her memory and I lose a little more of my mom every day.
One day when talking with my mom she told me how she was thinking about a boy she wished she had married. When I asked her who that boy was, she said, “R______.” I was taken aback. The man my mom married and who was my daddy was named Dwight!
The words of this scroll came to my remembrance.
“I am nature’s greatest miracle. Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me.”Og Mandino – The Greatest Salesman in the World
With these statements ringing in my ears, I was able to respond to her without being crushed or emotional. I laughed and said, “Well mom, if you had married him you would not have gotten me because my daddy was Dwight, and I am a great combination of you and him.”
She laughed and said, “Well, I would have gotten someone else.” I just laughed and said, “You’re probably right mom, you’re probably right.”
Later in thinking over the conversation I was very surprised at my reaction to my mom and I have to say that reading this chapter / scroll really helped me. It really helped as I remembered how I was a unique creature of nature. There is no one else like me the whole earth. It also helped me to remember that my mom is sick, and it was the dementia talking.
I am grateful for the things I have been reading and learning in the Master Key Experience because I have been able to put them into my life as they are needed. I am grateful for Og Mandino and the wisdom that he was given to write the book The Greatest Salesman in the World. I am grateful for my daddy, Dwight Slaughter, and my mom, Doris, who gave me life. As Og goes on to say in this chapter / scroll,
“No beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake had the same beginning as I, for I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose.…I am a unique creature of nature.”
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Oh my Linda, I walk with you my mom has dementia and her name is Doris…ummm the universe speaks
Oh Roz. My heart & prayers are with you & your mom. It’s sometimes funny how I am brought together with the right people at the right time. Hugs, my friend. ❤️🙏🏼🤗🌸🦋
Wish there was sad face emoji for this comment. 😢
There needs to be a LOVE button for this post! I can relate to your feelings and experiences with your mom (my dad had Lewy Body Dementia), and the idea of your mom and “R_______.” I don’t remember when I first found this out, but I grew up with a friend and later found our that her dad and my mom had dated for a while. My first thought was “Hey, we could have been brother and sister,” but – of course – we never could have, because there would have been two other unique individuals on this planet and we would never have existed.
Blessing to you, throughout your journey with your mom… I remember being exhausted much of the time in dad’s last years, but – 8 years after his passing – only good memories remain. ♥️
Ron, thank you so much for sending blessings and giving me the great hope & inspiration that only good memories will remain. 🥰
Beautiful reflection of the blessing and the curse of dementia. I can relate to your feelings and you captured the dichotomy of this disease so beautifully.
Thank you so much Jennifer.
Linda, good for you for being so grateful and learning to put what you have learned from Og into your life My mother suffered from dementia before she passed away. Always cherish your mom. From your blog rover friend John.
Thank you John for the kind words. I will always cherish my mom. 🥰
So much vulnerability here, Linda. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Nicole for responding. It was a rough week.
What a beautiful Blog Linda…and what a beautiful way to look at your mom and be grateful and love her
Thank you, Connie. I am very grateful for my mom and the fact that she is still with me.