“Never, in all the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time, has there been anyone else like you.
Never, until the end of time will there be another such as you.
You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness. Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world. From your father, in his moment of supreme love, flowed countless seeds of love, more than four hundred million in number. All of them, as they swam within your mother, gave up the ghost and died. All except one! You.
You alone persevered within the loving warmth of your mother’s body, searching for your other half, a single cell from your mother so small that more than two million would be necessary to fill an acorn shell. Yet, despite impossible odds, in the vast ocean of darkness and disaster, you persevered, found that infinitesimal cell, joined with it, and began a new life. Your life.
You arrived, bringing with you, as does every child, the message that I was not yet discouraged of man. Two cells, now united in a miracle. Two cells, each containing twenty-three chromosomes and within each chromosome hundreds of genes, which would govern every characteristic about you, from the very color of your eyes to the charm of your manner to the size of your brain.
With all the combinations at my command, beginning with that single sperm from your father’s four hundred million, through the hundreds of genes in each of the chromosomes from your mother and father, I could have created three hundred thousand billion humans each different from the other.
But who did I bring forth?
YOU! One of a kind. Rarest of the rare. A priceless treasure, possessed of qualities in mind and speech and movement and appearance and actions as no other has ever lived, lives, or shall live.
Why have you valued yourself in pennies when you are worth a king’s ransom?
Why did you listen to those who demanded [much of] you…and far worse, why did you believe them?
Take counsel. No longer hide your rarity in the dark. Bring it forth. Show [your uniqueness to] the world. Strive not to walk as your brother [or sister] walks… Be yourself. Show your rarity to the world and they will shower you with gold.”
(an excerpt from the book, The Greatest Miracle in the World, by Og Mondino)