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Meanwhile, the rest of the people in the land feel in love, married, had families, raised children, worked and died. They were happy and full of joy. They were very creative people. They created intricate carvings in wood, paintings of the beautiful countryside on canvas and wrote beautiful stories. The stories were about ancient legends of animal life in the woods. They wrote and sang beautiful songs to their gods. Everything they made was unique, distinct and different from the others. Their diversity was a joy to all the people of the land who admired their works. Except the men in the Ivory Tower who thought they should have a standard too.

One day the Mayor called a meeting of the townsfolk. "From this day forward, all children from the ages 6 to 18 will spend 8 hours each day in the ivory tower. They will learn all the wonderful things the men have been writing down."

No one objected because the Mayor was a good man and they believed this would be good for their children to learn diverse things.

As the years passed and the children learned the town began to change. No longer was diversity valued. The towns children had learned that making things alike and quickly was a better way. That was the 'educated' way. This made the older artisans very sad. In fact, they were so sad that they left town because no one was interested in anything unique.

The town began to change. The building began to look the same. People dressed the same. They said the same things to each other: "Hello. I'm doing fine. How are you? Goodbye." Life had become dull in the town. The people had become dull. No longer was their light in their eyes. No one laughed. No one touched. People lost their ability to think creatively and uniquely. They became the robots of the men of the mind in the ivory tower.

But every year there was a grand banquet. Everyone came. They cheered quietly for the man who won the prize for meeting 'the standard.' Then they quietly went home. So they lived happily ever after.

Deborah Chelette-Wilson is a relationship coach, authoress and speaker whose powerful message for women is "It's time to stop waiting for permission to be all that we can be(without being a bitch about it)." Her inspiring message helps women harness their personal power, find peace within and become part of the shift in creating healthier and more loving relationships, beginning with the one with their self. In order to honor someone else's heart you must first honor your own.

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