Biggest, Best, Brightest!
Most people are fascinated with things that are bigger, longer, heavier, brighter, etc. Would you wear a 380-pound wedding dress? It even has a name: Fantasy. The brainchild of Gail Be, the dress was created over the course of three years by 22 seamstresses with over one million beads held together by seven miles of wire. News reports indicate that she “has assured herself a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records” with this creation.
And, there is a smallest website in the world (go ahead, try to read it), the smallest sculptures in the world (attributed to British artist Jonty Hurwitz), contests for the smallest dog and cat, and a list of the world’s smallest countries. Most folks have heard about Vatican City, Monaco and even Liechtenstein, but have you heard of Nauru (8.5 square miles) or Tuvalu (9 square miles)?
The world’s tallest and smallest man or woman makes a number of public appearances on an annual basis and the Ripley’s Museums keep everyone up to date on other unusual creatures. In addition, there is Blosom, a 6-foot 4-inch tall 13-year-old cow who lives in Illinois (and weighs in at an even ton). Her owner says that Blosom is a bit like an overgrown dog (research to date does not indicate a 6-foot tall dog in existence). Her owner felt that Blosom has achieved stardom because of her unusual size.
It is important to note that while the largest, smallest, heaviest or most unusual captures our attention because it is different from the norm, not all of us will fit into this type of “special” category (or have a cow that is unique). Batman Begins includes a quote from Bruce Wayne/Batman: “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” You may not be the tallest, smallest, fastest runner, best speller or sports star, but you can be the best communicator, a brilliant leader, most-loved parent/grandparent or dedicated friend. So start today by recognizing the important things, being present in every moment and spending your time in the pursuit of what makes you the best.