04/01/19 Volume 3 Issue 39
Best You Guru™
We are all born with the DNA structure common to humankind. We have similar genome makeup. We have approximately three billion pairs of DNA and only a tiny fraction is unique to the individual. We are 99.9% genetically similar to each other. Approximately 00.1% of our genetic makeup separates us. This may be a little uncomfortable for some but humans share 50% of their DNA with a banana.
The questions arise as to why are there so many different types of people and personalities. What separates us is our genetic expression. Each of us born with a closet full of clothes and what we wear is often determined by fashion trends, weather, scheduled activities, and numerous other factors. Sometimes we need to bundle up to protect us from freezing cold weather. Sometimes we wear shorts and sandals to keep us cooler because of the heat. Sometimes we wear what is fashionable. We wear what fits our environment. We too often wear what hides us. Our genetic expression, the way we relate to our world, is determined by what surrounds us. The surrounding environment is critical in shaping the individual and how they relate to the world.
We are unique like everyone else. We like to think we are different but community acceptance means conformity. Too often modern communal standards discourage individuality. Too often society demands similarity. The danger is conformity may hide individual uniqueness and gifts of greatness. Advancing societies require the genius found in uniqueness. Personality conformity is not what is best for our survival, growth, or happiness. Uniqueness and conformity are engaged in a lifelong battle for control. The who and what surrounding the individual is a reflection of our condition and often of our acceptance. But the who and what surrounding us does not always represent our inherent potential. What we are immersed in shapes us. What envelopes us molds us. Our abilities to reveal our potential greatness is influenced by our environment. The greatness is within but may never be revealed. How we relate to the world is often guided by how the world sees us. Our happiness and success in this world often can depend on our ability to maintain an honest genetic expression.
Childhood begins a pattern of indoctrination. Too many children need to recover from their childhood. Adults spend their entire lives relearning the truth about themselves or adopt what is told about them. People either develop their unique greatness or become a product of the socialization process fitting the illusions of others. Everything we are is encoded into our DNA. Everything we do is part of our genetic expression. Genes are the hardware. Genetic expression is the software. A computer with only hardware and no software is of little value. Epigenetics concerns itself with how genes are programmed. The study of rats provides us insight into behavioral programming, the software. Licked rats act differently than non-licked rats. The care of the mother is translated through biochemical signals go into the nucleus and into the DNA and this programs offspring differently. The mother is programming the genetic expression of her offspring. It is not the biological mother that is most important in behavior patterns of rats. It is the fostering mother that is critical.
Our genetic makeup is our inheritance. The quality of our life is found in the way we express our genetic makeup. People are prone to constant genetic changes based on experiences. As stress increases children develop more autism and autoimmune diseases. To change genetic expression, to change a life, requires a new narrative and often a new surrounding environment. The interactions of our world have dominance over who we are. Childhood adversity can rewrite a child’s unique gift of greatness. Changing life’s current narrative can correct the effects of adversity.
Action step: Write a short story about yourself. Make a list of natural talents. The talents you had as a child. The talents you had before your teenage years. Not the skills you learned in life but your natural talents. They may be covered or buried but you still possess them. Now write down how you can use your natural talents to live a positive, productive, and happy life.
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