It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion.
It is easy in solitude to live after our own.
But the great man is he
who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude."
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
(I used it with my high school yearbook picture)
(I see this moral as a common thread in these stories, which I can identify with.)
Do you remember these children's storybooks? The quirky main characters are independent-minded. They're overwhelmingly self-motivated each in their own right, definintely NOT Followers! They each got something they needed out of their respective "eccentricities," were unstoppable and could not be molded. To these degrees, the stories could be very suggestive of A.D.D. This is just to get you thinking! JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (Impulsive, Naiive, Curious, Adventurous, Daredevilish, Resourceful, Intuitive.) WHY: Jack was too easily distracted from his purpose and then WOW! What an adventure! He got out of trouble just as easily as he got into it. Besides, consider that the "Big Guy" Jack has to contend with is depicted as a giant OGRE. Soul Reward for Jack: FOOD, GOLD THRILLS, ACCEPTANCE PETER PAN (Independent, Curious, Adventurous, Bossy, Impulsive, Crafty, Fickle, Immature, Thrill Seeker) WHY: Peter saw things very differently than most. He could never be held down except by moods or feelings. He was both fickle and deeply affected by his contacts with others. Soul Reward for Peter: A "FAMILY," STRUCTURE, AND LOTS OF THRILLS! THE LITTLE RED HEN (Stubborn, Independent, Hyperfocused, Impatient, Fussy, Restless, Bossy) WHY: Hen jumped right in and did everyone's chores herself; single-minded, seemingly hyperactive/compulsive, she couldn't wait. Soul Reward for Hen: SET EXAMPLE, INSTANT GRATIFICATION - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED LITTLE BOBO AND HIS BLUE JACKET (Bobo: Child-like, Naiive; Old Monkey: Over-Emotional & Hyperfocused; Hippo: Disinhibited, Impulsive) WHY: The Old Monkey cried so hard when he shrunk the beautiful little blue jacket. Little Hippo didn't think ahead and tore the jacket trying to put it on. Soul Reward for Bobo: CONSOLATION. FERDINAND (Selectively Attentive, Independent, Content Being Innately Spacy) WHY: He was the "different" bull who always got in trouble for daydreaming. Soul Reward for Ferdinand: SIMPLISTIC, INDEPENDENT PURSUITS THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER (Selectively Attentive, Deep-Thinking, Creative) WHY: Grasshopper didn't participate in stockpiling food like the busy colony of ants who took him in. But once their food was gone, they finally saw value in the music he had produced in reverie. Soul Reward for Grasshopper: VALUE OF HIS INDEPENDENT PURSUITS EVENTUALLY APPRECIATED LITTLE BLACK SAMBO (Independent, Flexible, Intuitive, Resourceful, Curious) WHY: Sambo figured how to get the tigers' minds off eating him by giving them his clothes. Then he brought home the butter they became, and feasted on their remains over his favorite meal, a huge stack of pancakes. Soul Reward for Sambo: IRONY; HE SPARED HIS OWN LIFE & CONSUMED THE DANGERS INSTEAD OF BEING CONSUMED THE GINGERBREAD MAN (OBVIOUSLY Hyperactive & Restless, Curious, Intelligent, Resourceful) WHY: He was the smartest, fastest Cookie Boy you ever saw! (He could run circles around Pop'n Fresh, tickle him and knock the PUFF out of him!) And he outsmarted the Fox, even. CURIOUS GEORGE (Well, just LOOK at him!) WHY: He's all over the place, can't resist his impulses or curiosity; he's irresistably cute, both helpful and destructive, yet his heart is true, and he certainly means well! He can't help himself from trying to help himself!