Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas ~ Day Seven

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

The Gift of Uniqueness

God's Gift of Uniqueness
by Tosca Lee

I used to hate my name. “Tosca” was too unusual. “Moon,” my middle name, was just downright embarrassing. “Lee” was all right, though it still set me apart from the rest of the Caucasian kids in my school. In an era when Christy Brinkley graced the cover of every fashion magazine, I did not wish to accentuate my different-ness.

The name I really wanted was Marie--probably because others had it and that meant I could at least buy one of those door plates for my bedroom door or license plates for my bike, which was my litmus test. As it was, they sure didn’t have plates for kids named “Tosca.”
In junior high, my friends called me “Weird Tosca.” I didn’t like that so much.

These days I teach about talent in my work as a consultant. I talk about the strange, quirky things that not only set people apart, but have the potential to make them great. A friend said to me once, “Stars have points.” He’s right. And when we blunt our points, we lose the defining characteristics of our unique mark in and contribution to this world.

Opportunities work much the same. It’s the unique ones that seem to hold the greatest potential impact. When my main character, Clay, bumps up against the opportunity to hear the story of creation from the viewpoint of a Demon, he is terrified--intrigued, but terrified. And so he resists. While his reaction might be in keeping with any sane person’s, it’s also a human reaction to the unusual. But in this case, it’s the unusual that might just might save his soul.

How has God revealed to you your uniquness? And what, most importantly, is He telling you to do with it?

Weird Tosca

“You need to know something more about Elohim: he is the ultimate force of creativity. He is the author of diversity.”
--Lucian, Demon: A Memoir

Tosca Lee is the author of Demon: A Memoir and of the upcoming Havah: The Story of Eve. For more information visit http://e2ma.net/go/860803689/737006/26524967/goto:http://www.demonamemoir.com/


  1. I loved this post. Tosca is a great name. Mine is Carla, and while I wanted to go by my middle name of Diann occasionally as a child, it never really happened. Now, I like that I have a semi-unusual name. I abhor being "like everyone else" and will intentionally go out of my way to be unique. Not quirky, necessarily, but my own person. I don't care what the current "style" of decor is. I have my own tastes and like to fill my home with things that are meaningful to me. I'm somewhat unconventional in my writing as well. Just because everyone else writes romance or suspense doesn't mean that's what I'm supposed to write. A friend told me this morning that she could hear my voice in a short piece I had published in an anthology. So, yeah for you, Tosca! You are who you are and have a great voice. Thanks, Erica, for these 12 Days posts--they have been great. And sorry about writing such a long-winded comment here.

  2. I have always loathed my name--and the quirky nicknames that came from it. Anyway, great post! And Tosca's book is one of the best books I read this year! Certainly the most memorable.