John Morrison and the Ugly Duckling

The story of the Ugly Duckling focuses on the ‘duckling’ – the outcast who finds redemption when as an adult she realises she has turned into a beautiful swan.

But what about the other ducklings? The actual ducklings who slag the ‘ugly duckling’ for being different? They believe they are better than her because they can take refuge in numbers, they are part of a gang, the same. It’s a common theme in the human world also, played out in schools all over the planet.


This week John Morrison died. John was an inventive and trailblazing GAA coach, who had plenty of success with various county football teams around the country. He was never afraid to try new methods, such as using balloons instead of footballs to help improve the timing of an athlete’s jump when it came to catching the ball mid-air ahead of his opponent.

Here’s one of my favourite quotes of his – “if other people laugh at you because you’re different, remember that you can laugh at them because they’re all the same”.

We may not all turn into beautiful swans, but fear of failure or rejection shouldn’t stop us from trying something different.


I'm Kieran and I play piano. Actually I do a bit more than just playing - I teach others how to play, and I write music, arrange it and host/produce shows.

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