Words to live by
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde
“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”
― Lao Tzu
“Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for”
― Oliver James
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
― Martha Graham
If you’ve followed my writing for any period of time you know that my core principle that I share with you most is to know and be who you are. It’s been said that the experiences of life are what make us who we are and I couldn’t disagree more. We come to this earth already who we are and the experiences of life only reveal not create who we are. Some might argue that the two are the same and I disagree again. My point is that you are already everything you ever will be and that’s important.
The changing seasons and weather conditions don’t create or “make” the trees what they are they only reveal what they already are over time. The seed of a tree has every aspect of the tree within the seed and it’s time, conditions and challenges that reveal that tree. Nothing had to make it into a tree and nothing can ever make you who you are, you can only be revealed as you go through life and experience the challenges and joys that come with that life.
As children we are not always taught that it’s OK to be who and what we are. As we go through life we are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us we need to change, to be better and different than what we already are. Rarely are we even taught to learn and understand who we are and to appreciate it. We are just simply told that whatever it is that we are is not good enough and that we need to be better.
But you are already perfect in all of your glory just as you are. Of course that’s not to say that our behavior and some of our habits are perfect. There will always be areas of our lives that we need to develop or habits and behaviors that we need to address and evolve in but the core of you, your essence, the part of you that makes you who you are is perfect.
So understand that there is nothing that you could ever be that is better than what you already are. Take who you are at the core and allow that part of you to guide you in your daily life. Allow that part of you to shape your character and your practices. If there are behaviors that you engage in that you think you need to work on then do so but don’t ever change who you are at your core to be what others think you should be. Accept and embrace you because you are the best there is and ever will be!!