What is a black sheep?
I was shown what I think is a pretty cool clip from a show where Oprah Winfrey was interviewing Dr. Shefali Tsabary. I’ve included the quote below:
The person who’s been labeled the ‘black sheep’ or the troublemaker or whatever of the family is the child who was the most sensitive in the family. Everybody else’s stuff; they absorbed and then acted out. And acted out for the sake of the family to wake up; to be the one who clangs the bells and says, ‘Hey, something is wrong. I’m willing to be the card bearer for that.’
I love the black sheep. I love the defiant child. I love the oppositional child because they are not willing to bow down and [be] walked all over. They’re not. They’re not. They’re going to say to the world, ‘Hey until you fix what’s wrong in our system, in our environment, I will keep falling apart. I will call you to that.’
– Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Here’s to all those who have been labeled, often repeatedly, the black sheep in their family!