Another version of Rudolph’s story.
When Rudolph was little, he wasn’t very good at the other reindeer games. Dasher was the star, the leader. He took poor Rudolph in and told him, “You don’t have what it takes, but do what I say, and I’ll take care of you.”
So for a long time, Rudolph stumbled through the games, following Dasher’s lead. He was grateful to Dasher and would do whatever Dasher needed.
Even as he tried, Rudolph continued to fail at the games, and his well-being on the reindeer playground was utterly dependent on Dasher’s benevolence. The other reindeer laughed at Rudolph but tolerated him because of Dasher’s protection.
One day, Rudolph got tired of playing reindeer games. They bored him, he had never liked them, and he wanted to do something different.
So he didn’t go out to play. Dasher went to him, “Why aren’t you there? You need to get out there. Do you realize how much trouble it is for me to keep you in the game and how much harder it will be when you’re late?”
Rudolph told him, “I quit.”
Dasher pranced angrily. “I didn’t tell you to do that.”
Rudolph continued on his path to do something different.
Then Dasher raced to him and patted him on the head saying, “I understand sometimes we make foolish mistakes. This is yours. If you turn back right now, I’ll forgive you and we’ll make everything well again. I want to help you succeed.”
Rudolph continued walking away.
Dasher bounded in front of him, trying to get Rudolph back into the game.
Rudolph went his own way.
Once Rudolph was on his own, he began to play games with his red nose – how to make it light, how to direct the light, and how to play his own games with it. He taught himself to fly with his red nose flashing.
All was well, and Rudolph was on his own.
One foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came and asked him to lead the reindeer.
When Rudolph went into Santa’s stable, Dasher went to him and told him, “All is forgiven. Rely on me, and I’ll show you the ropes.”
Rudolph told him, “Thanks. But I’m fine on my own.”
When the sleigh ride began, Rudolph lit his nose, his way. All the games he had played had perfected the skills he needed to save that Christmas.
The question is – if you’re the one with a red nose that’s different from all the other reindeer, what are you doing to nurture your talents?
Your singular talent could be just the one that will one day be needed to save everyone else. It’s the talent you were born to share.